• Canopy for exit of customer center of Autostadt in Wolfsburg
    © Tobias Hein
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Canopy for exit of customer center of Autostadt in Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg, Germany, 2013

The exit of the customer center provides a space for drivers to try out the electronic systems of new car models. The design for the roof is based on the idea of a ‚leaf in the landscape‘. It is composed of a saddle surface with only two minimalist support points on the ground, which integrates itself lightly and harmoniously into its surroundings. The support structure has an elliptical footprint and spans a length of 55 m and a width of 38 m. The global saddle geometry creates two peaks and two valleys, with the highest points approximately 6 m and 9 m higher than the lowest points. The saddle surface consists of a cable net supported PTFE-membrane, with a dynamically shaped hollow section edge beam made of doubly curved structural steel profiles along its perimeter. The membrane and cable net planes are both held in tension by the compression ring edge beam and are interconnected at the nodes of the cable net.


  • Location

    Wolfsburg, Germany

  • Architect

    GRAFT, Berlin; WES LandschaftsArchitektur, Hamburg

  • Cooperation

    Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH, Berlin

  • Awards

    Ingenieurpreis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2015

  • Client

    Autostadt GmbH

  • Contractor

    Eiffel (Stahlbau/steel construction); Taiyo, formTL (Membrane)

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, technical spots check

  • Membrane area 1,610 m²
  • Width 38 m
  • Cables open coil ropes, galvanized,
    Ø 20 mm, 24 mm, length 2,000 m
  • Foundation pile foundation, Ø 60 cm, length 20 m
  • Length approx. 55 m
  • Height max. 9 m
  • Membrane PTFE coated glass fiber membrane,
    Type 3
  • Canopy for exit of customer center of Autostadt in Wolfsburg © Tobias Hein
  • Canopy for exit of customer center of Autostadt in Wolfsburg © Tobias Hein

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