The ’Blautopf’ provides an event and exhibition space within a new central cafeteria for Trumpf’s Stuttgart-based industrial campus and headquarters. This pavilion is the new social center for the company for both blue and white-collar workers. The building is conceived of as a freestanding pavilion (as opposed to the nearby factories which are continuously expanded on) enhancing its role visibly on the campus as the event space it is intended for. The pavilion provides 700 seats when used as a cafeteria, which enables the company’s 2000 employees to lunch around three time slots. When programmed for events, the space functions as an auditorium with seating for 800.
The roof structure was developed with the renowned Stuttgart-based structural engineer Werner Sobek. The intention was to create a polygonal leaf-like canopy that achieves long spans over groups of columns. The structure combines a steel frame and columns with a glulaminated wood-cell infill. These wood cells are functionally “coded” and constructed either as skylights with solar-glass, as perforated wood acoustic planking, or as artificial lighting cells modified by an aluminum-honeycombed deflector. In order to economically achieve this highly complex structure CNC routing and sawing was employed to accommodate the more than 300 unique honeycomb joints.
Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Team Design — Jason Sandy, Johanna Doherty, Christina Eickmeier, Klaus Reintjes
Team Construction — Lukas Weder (Project Architect), Philipp Heidemann, Caspar Hoesch, Christina Möller, Mathias Oliva, Dagmar Pelger, Jason Sandy
Event and Exhibition space, Employee Restaurant, Café, Conference Rooms
2006 - 2008
2013 Nike for Social Commitment - Architecture Prize of the Association
of German Architects (BDA)
2010 AIA Honor Awards for Architecture
2009 DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany
2008 Mies-van-der-Rohe Preis, Nomination
2006 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum
2005 "Possible Futures"
Bienal Miami+Beach, 2nd Prize
TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Gassmann + Grossmann, Stuttgart
Structural Engineer | Façade Consultant
Werner Sobek Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Krebs Ingenieure, Ditzingen
ibb Burrer & Deuring Ingenieurbüro GmbH, Ludwigsburg
Büro Kiefer, Berlin