A new gatehouse for the Trumpf machine tool factory marks the latest addition to its expanding factory campus begun in the early 70’s. The gatehouse is the first construction within a new master plan, which will include a new service center and a new campus restaurant.
This project embodies a long-standing ambition between architect and client: to employ Trumpf’s high-tech laser technology to construct a building entirely of laser cut and welded sheet metal. A 32 x 11 meter roof will cantilever 20 meters across the street lanes. This construction of a 50 cm deep, honeycombed membrane of stainless steel varies in density and material thickness in order to meet the changing static requirements.
The 130 square meter functional core houses the reception and waiting area as well as the technical services. The glass facades of the pavilion are two layers of float glass in 25 cm distance. Sandwiched between these glass surfaces are stacked tube-sections of acrylic glass, which allows the inner structure of the solid core to be visible as a blurred, soft shape on the façade.
Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Team Design — Carsten Krafft (Project Architect), Meredith Atkinson
Team Construction — Caspar Hoesch (Project Architect), Meredith Atkinson, Carsten Krafft
Reception, Waiting Area, Technical Services
2006 - 2007
2009 The Third Annual R+D Awards
2009 Mies-van-der-Rohe Award, Nomination
2008 Deutscher Stahlbaupreis, Acknowledgment
2005 "Possible Futures"
Bienal Miami+Beach, 3rd Prize
TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Gassmann + Grossmann, Stuttgart
Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart
Arup Berlin (Concept)
Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart (Realization)
Büro Kiefer, Berlin