Art & Culture, Buildings

Museum for Hamburg History, courtyard roof

A hint of a roof – with two rectangular wings, 14 and 17 meters – arches over the L-shaped inner courtyard of the museum. In the corner, the free-flowing transition between the cylindrical shells swells up to form a dome. The floating roof is a milestone: a highly efficient and incredibly beautiful minimalist structure. The structure consists of a quadrangular grid 1.17 x 1.17 m braced by prestressed diagonal cables and of directly glazed flat bars 60 x 40 cm. The somewhat softer areas of the barrel vault are stiffened with “spoked wheels” constisting of cables radiating from a “hub”.

Hamburg, Germany
gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
schl, berg

Technical Data

14 m / 17 m
single glazing


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