Weekend Travel: Munich | DE Part 2

One other stadium and two museums. Another three hours and four subway stations.

Yes, I'm not done yet with Munich. Let's revisit what the capital of Bavaria has to offer, and this time I will not only talk about buildings. I went under the shades, slipped between buildings, and lurked underground to discover interesting spaces! 

There are three different arches typology in this photo.

There are three different arches typology in this photo.

There is one mundane door with interesting German pattern

There is one mundane door with interesting German pattern

Sometimes I  feel that I focus too much to check the popular places and did not realize that there are actually a lot of other interesting stuff to examine. And that other stuff are just all around.  With this perception shift in mind, I found all these underground gem throughout the city ready to be admired!

 

1 Stadium

Allianz Arena by Herzog and de Meuron

Okay, I admit that I did not put any hassle on finding this one. However, they only put up this wonderful color only when Bayern Munchen win the match. So, come at the right time!

On the note of the building facade, It was one of the early projects of HdM's stadium that uses ETFE pillow as facade and also roof enclosure. The pillow facade features integrated lighting system that will illuminate each pillow and can be programmed to tune different color accordingly. Therefore the face of the building is always changing, informing out what's happening on the match inside. Allianz Arena was built in 2005, three years before the firm's Bird Nest and Water Cube. The use of rhomboid pattern is pretty clever moves to minimize the amount of module variation needed due to the stadium overall geometry. Along with that, notice the circulation stairs are neatly placed together in parallel to the angle of ETFE pillows. The glow inside the stairs tube adds another layer of depth of view. Brilliant!

 

2 Museums

Brandhorst Museum by Sauerbruch Hutton

Look at that meticulously curated facade!

The building embodies very simple massing strategy and focus more on the curation of color composition of the facade element. Interesting, to see all those color combination of each facade elements in a distance creates a different perception of color.

Reminds me of Van Gogh.

Pinakothek der Moderne Museum

This museum is more like a temple of modern art collection because of its massive scale of the building. Apart from its size, it also features one of the unique displays in museums, the giant teaser wall. It performs as a preview before getting into the actual gallery space. A pretty interesting approach as they architecture scale display then begin to create dialogue with the adjacent spaces. 

The height of the ceiling is utilized to hang large-scale sculpture and to occupy the void as people can observe the sculpture from different levels.

Diagonal axis to break the regularity of gallery organization and provide public space around the irregularity its causing.

Diagonal axis to break the regularity of gallery organization and provide public space around the irregularity its causing.

 

3 Hours and 4 Subway Stations

And it can be done for less than 3 Euros!

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U-bahnhof Station  Westfriedhof:  Quirky and night club-like feeling, a bit Phillipe Stark-ish.

U-bahnhof Station Westfriedhof: Quirky and night club-like feeling, a bit Phillipe Stark-ish.

U-bahnhof Station  Sankt Quirin Platz:  Feeling to carve down and through the ground.

U-bahnhof Station Sankt Quirin Platz: Feeling to carve down and through the ground.

U-bahnhof Station  Candidplatz

U-bahnhof Station Candidplatz

Eye candy and colorful space. Feel the gradient color change as you pass through the station by the subway.

Eye candy and colorful space. Feel the gradient color change as you pass through the station by the subway.

U-bahnhof Station  Marienplatz

U-bahnhof Station Marienplatz

Tunnel as if you are getting into the matrix.

Tunnel as if you are getting into the matrix.

 

And for 5...

Equipped with five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
— Edwin Powell Hubble
 

Keep it going and, onto the next one. Ciao!

The Underrated Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Weekend Travel: Rotterdam | NL

I did a quick visit (again) to what know known as "the city of the future" in Netherland, Rotterdam. Coming from "the city of the past", Rotterdam has its own perks that Amsterdam does not have. As one of the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is exposed to long  and dynamic history of cultural life and heritage. Doesn't sounds so like the place that carries promise from the future eh?

Unfortunately, the city suffers from a terrible war catastrophe during World War II that almost destroyed the entire city center. The aftermath is the surge amount of opportunity to re-think and re-design the city. Now, Rotterdam has become the proving ground of architecture experiments to world-famous architects like Rem, Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, and many more. 

After the famous Erasmus Bridge, Markthall, and de Rotterdam, this magical chrome bowl is going to be the next big thing. It's going to house art storage facility of one of the major art museums of the city, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 

 
MVRDV's proposal for the  new Boijmans Art Depot in Rotterdam.

MVRDV's proposal for the new Boijmans Art Depot in Rotterdam.

 

Of course, after a long series of drama. Typical architecture competition struggle and hustle. Winning the competition is just the start of the long journey.

 

MVRDV was earlier disqualified from the competition due to a considered breach of the tender procedure but won a preliminary injunction at the court of justice of Rotterdam.
— http://www.mvrdv.nl/news/Boijmans_depot_competition
 

Hey, I think we can do a series of how architecture firm struggle to get things built, maybe can get the same rating as The Kardashians.

 
The decision about the Public Art Depot has been made! 
On Thursday 5 November Rotterdam City Council voted in favour of the construction of the new Public Art Depot in the Museumpark.
— http://collectiegebouw.boijmans.nl/en/
 

Exciting news! Now as we are looking forward to the completion of the world's first art storage facility that is fully accessible to public, let's check how cool the museum is right now.

*Actually Herzog de Meuron's Schaulager in Basel has pretty similar concept although it's still a private collection and the building only open to public on a certain time. Well that's a huge bummer.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Entrance

Entrance courtyard with the noticeable pavement pattern. 

Entrance courtyard with the noticeable pavement pattern. 

The museum is right located in the Museumpark area, comparable to Amsterdam's Museumplein. Museum has become one of the key component  for Dutch cities as cultural element for its resident and also to propagate the development of the city and attract talent from outside.

 

Boijmans museum in a similar setting with Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

 

Rijksmuseum situated as the center axis of the museum park.

 

Gallery

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This is one of the most interesting component out of this museum and there are two reasons. The first one, the gallery rooms  at the ground level are stretched along the central courtyard with opening towards it, sometimes at both sides. This allow visual interaction with the courtyard as the background and allow artworks to be viewed in daylight. 

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Second floor is where the permanent collection stays. Van der Steur, the original architect has come up with a pretty unique solution to what suppose to be mundane and typical layout back in the day. 

 
Conventional linear room layout (Left). Boijmans Museum linear room layout (Right).

Conventional linear room layout (Left). Boijmans Museum linear room layout (Right).

 

Rooms are arranged in a linear fashion (reminds me of the typical aristocrat mansion) BUT, how the passage to connect between rooms are placed in a way that allows visitor to isolate themselves and focus on the content  in one room.

Circulation path is clearly defined through linear view of sight.

Circulation path is clearly defined through linear view of sight.

No visual interference from the adjacent room.

No visual interference from the adjacent room.

 

Cafe / Restaurant

Integration of sculpture park and the rest of the public park.

Integration of sculpture park and the rest of the public park.

This is great!

I am a big fan of sculpture park or where artwork is being liberated from it's confined white boxes where it usually stays. Well, it's not a new idea, MOMA in New York, or Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark or Kruller Muller Museum in Otterlo, Netherland has the similar park.

What really stands out is the fact that part of the sculpture park is publicly accessible and that brings art closer to the residents of Rotterdam.

 

 

The Ultimate: Vocabulary of Solitude by Ugo Rondinone

If I have to have one reason to visit this museum this time, it's gotta be because of this exhibition. There is a strange feeling as visitors meander through the sad clowns. Sort of showing satiric side of clown which is an irony on itself.

Something strange happens every time you look at Rondinone’s art. He gives everyday motifs and images a poetic dimension by isolating or enlarging them. On the floor of the 1500m2 Bodon Galleries visitors will move between life-size clown figures. With titles in the present tense, such as be, breathe, remember, feel and yawn, the clowns in the exhibition represent a 24-hour day in the life of an individual. These clown sculptures have never previously been exhibited.
— http://www.ugoinboijmans.nl/en/#4hIZRQMDgrLpMrPc.99
 

Conclusion

Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum is one of the most important art museum in the Netherland because of what it can offers as a unique canvas to present the artwork.  Apart from its one of a kind gallery spaces, the museum offers a very relevant content in the landscape of contemporary art itself balanced with its more classical / historical collection.

Mooi!

 

Hey do check #donotsettle's Wahyu Pratomo video who came along with me to check the museum!

 

And he got me a fancy picture. 

And he got me a fancy picture. 

 

Weekend Travel: Stuttgart | DE

The Architectural Battle of Two Automotive Giants

Stuttgart is home of Mercedes Benz and Porsche, some of the most influential carmakers, not only in Germany but also in the world. They were born here, shaped by the city, believe in the city, and committed to the city to make the most out of it. So what's so special about the city itself?

The city of Stuttgart ranked 21st globally in Mercer’s 2015 liveability rankings, and 6th in Germany behind top-ranked cities such as Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich. For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 11th globally, second in Germany after Hamburg and 7th in Europe in 2009 out of 256 cities. Stuttgart is spread across a variety of hills (many of them vineyards), valleys and parks – unusual for a German city and often a source of surprise to visitors who primarily associate the city with its industrial reputation as the ‘cradle of the automobile’.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuttgart
 
Old city map of Stuttgart. Concentric Development on the west side of Necklar River.

Old city map of Stuttgart. Concentric Development on the west side of Necklar River.

 

Okay, that sounds legit. It's one of the wealthiest cities in Germany with well established history and industry. It's a conducive environment for business entities. But it turns out that the whole future trajectory of the city was laid down by these gentlemen, Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and Wilhelm Maybach.

The automobile and motorcycle were purported to have been invented in Stuttgart (by Karl Benz and subsequently industrialised in 1887 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach at the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft). As a result, it is considered to be the starting point of the worldwide automotive industry and is sometimes referred to as the ‘cradle of the automobile’.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuttgart

About Mercedes Benz

The three gentlemen, each has their own automotive company, which are still withhold  a prominent role in the automotive industry nowadays. Karl Benz's has becomes the legendary car brand Mercedes Benz which is known mostly for its luxury car apart from other vehicle such as busses and trucks, Maybach is currently focus on ultra-luxury sedan with Mercedes Benz, and at last Daimler, it's still in automotive industry but not directly manufacturing automobiles. Now known as Daimler AG, the group owns Mercedes Benz and Maybach. See how those are all comes together!

 

About Porsche

Of course we are talking about the man, Ferdinand Porsche. Yes, he is the godfather of VW Beetle, the car for all the people. Porsche 64, one of the first initial Porsche car, was developed in 1939 referencing a lot from the Beetle. Porsche 356, developed in 1954 by Ferry Porsche, son of Ferdinand Porsche, featured air-cooled rear-engine configurations with sleek bodywork set the tone of the company's following line, the legendary 911.  All Porsche's , design car is sleek, light, functional, and efficient.

 

Now let's dive in into the real match between the love child of the two giants.

 

Round 1: Building Overview

Porsche Museum Stuttgart by Delugan Meissl

Porsche Museum Stuttgart by Delugan Meissl

Mercedes Benz Museum by UNStudio

Mercedes Benz Museum by UNStudio

At the left hand side, Porsche Museum with faceted tectonics elevated from the ground.  At the right hand side, Mercedes Benz Museum with fluid mathematical curvature, nicely settled on the ground. A binary contrast between the two buildings, also if compared to each others products.

 
911, a Porsche classic.  Legendary key model that define the brand Porsche.

911, a Porsche classic.

Legendary key model that define the brand Porsche.

G Wagen, a Mercedes Benz classic.  Still being produced until now with almost unchanged exterior design.

G Wagen, a Mercedes Benz classic.

Still being produced until now with almost unchanged exterior design.

 

However, the building tectonics maybe best correlated with the following. Well, somehow...

 
Porsche Design applies their approach on products.sleek, functional, and efficient.

Porsche Design applies their approach on products.sleek, functional, and efficient.

To this Gran Turismo Vision concept car

To this Gran Turismo Vision concept car

 
 

Round 2: Concept

 
Porsche Museum: Elevated mass

Porsche Museum: Elevated mass

Mercedes Benz: Double helix circulation

Mercedes Benz: Double helix circulation

 

Design philosophy that becomes the foundation of both automotive brands really underlies the creation of the two museums. 

Porsche's design philosophy that deals with lightness and efficiency becomes the departure of its architecture. The elevated mass provides interconnected plateaus that conceives the world of Porsche apart from the ground. Reminder, this is not a Corbusian approach. 

Mercedes Benz on the opposing side approaches the design through programmatic organization strategy. Considering the amount of items the museum has, it might be the genius solution appropriate to its needs yet creates unique spatial quality out of it.

 

Round 3: Interior Space

Sterile Delugan Meissl space

Sterile Delugan Meissl space

...that even suitable for fashion show

...that even suitable for fashion show

The majestic void, the heart of the double helix.

The majestic void, the heart of the double helix.

 

Porsche Museum: The Tunnel

Oblique tunnel as visitor ascended to the elevated plateaus of Porsche world.

Oblique tunnel as visitor ascended to the elevated plateaus of Porsche world.

Mercedes Benz: The Void

Look up from the center of the void. Notice the circle in the middle as a device to create artificial indoor storm to evacuate smoke in the event of fire.

Look up from the center of the void. Notice the circle in the middle as a device to create artificial indoor storm to evacuate smoke in the event of fire.

That time capsule that brings you back to early time of the inception of Mercedes Benz.

That time capsule that brings you back to early time of the inception of Mercedes Benz.

Sneak peek of what happens in the gallery plateaus. Custom fire extraction strategy allows the ceiling along the perimeter of the void free from fire separation line. Nice detail!

Sneak peek of what happens in the gallery plateaus. Custom fire extraction strategy allows the ceiling along the perimeter of the void free from fire separation line. Nice detail!

 

Final Round: Conclusion

Tough call. 

Porsche Museum apart from its bold architectural expression, is an engineering marvel in itself. The spatial experience may not be as exciting as Mercedes Benz Museum, but it is what reflects Porsche's brand value. 

Mercedes Benz Museum at its time was very revolutionary in terms of the organizational system and how space generated in that regards. Furthermore, it creates a new kind of museum typology that is unique. To my personal opinion, it does left a certain impression when I visited the museum. It is spatially complex yet offer certain degree of explorative moments as part of the museum journey. 

Am I being subjective? Maybe.. I like Porsche a lot for the car, its boldness, and its structure. But this time my heart goes to Benz.

"The best or nothing".