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Art & Design

June 27, 2013

Designing a Museum for Cars

ARCHITECT BEN VAN BERKEL ABOUT DESIGNING A MUSEUM FOR MERCEDES BENZ

The Netherlands is way more than wooden shoes and windmills. Dutch architects as Rem Koolhaas and Ben van Berkel are in high demand and their work is commissioned world wide.

In 2001 Ben van Berkel’s Dutch UN Studio designed the remarkable Mercedes-Benz Museum. The architects intended to make visitors forget they are in a museum. Based on a unique cloverleaf concept, the museum comprises three overlapping circles with the centre removed to form a triangular atrium. Obviously the filmmakers of this short presentation were not very interested in the cars itself – it is very much about the building itself – but you get the picture. Whether you’re into German cars or not, we like the concept of building an actual museum for cars, thus giving them the status of design objects.

VIDEO CREDITS: Director: Mattijs Mollee, Camera: Marijn Zurburg, Sound: Bram Meindersma, Editing: Dominique Kools, Creative Producer: Geert van de Wetering, Producer: Olivia van Leeuwen, Produced by Submarine, Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music, Commissioned by DutchDFA

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Esther de Charon de Saint Germain
Esther is our design, art, fashion and other none-car-related-topics contributor. She is an art historian with a degree in Asian Contemporary Art , a communication professional with extensive experience in design, contemporary art, communications and events and a personal coach. She is infected with the custom car and hot rod virus (an unavoidable result of being married to Rik Hoving) but (due to being a coach and all) especially likes the stories about the people who built them.




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