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Mercedes-Benz's must-see architectural marvel

Last updated on: April 14, 2011 14:18 IST

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The Mercedes-Benz Museum at Stuttgart, Germany traces the remarkable history of the 125-year old Mercedes-Benz brand.

Carl Benz received the patent for the first car on 9 January 1886. The innovations spanning 125 years of automotive history are on display at the museum.

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Considered one of the most classic architectural sites of the 21st century, it has been designed by UNStudio.

The latest exhibition 'New start - the Road to Emission-free Mobility' presents the challenges of the present and future.

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The shape of the museum resembles the DNA double helix structure, and represents the heritage of the Mercedes brand with more than 1,500 exhibits.

The tours are conducted by guides who have been trained by architects to help with detailed information.

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It is based on a unique cloverleaf concept using three overlapping circles with the center removed to form a triangular atrium.

The magnificent facade and the view across the giant glass panels offer a unique experience.

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The first small factory museum was opened in 1923 and the Daimler-Benz corporate archive was founded in 1936.

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In the 1960s, a new Daimler-Benz Museum was opened to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the company.

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The historical site was moved to a new address near the Daimler main production facility in Stuttgart.

The museum with a mind boggling design opened on 19 May 2006.

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The building's height and double helix interior were designed to maximise space, providing 16,500 square metres of exhibition space on a footprint of just 4,800 square metres.

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One of the most outstanding aspects of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is the route taken by visitors through the museum.

They do not begin their visit to the exhibition at the conventional entrance at the base of the building.

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They are taken to the top floor first. Here they have the choice of two tours, the paths of which meet on each floor.

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The museum also allows people to host receptions, conferences, company anniversaries or vehicle presentations.

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The atrium provides a unique backdrop measuring 43 metres in height at the heart of the museum. It is available for special events after the museum's regular opening hours.

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The Mercedes-Benz Museum has ten rooms with a total area of 4500 square metres reserved for events. The company offers three major event areas across three levels.

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The casino with adjacent lounge is another attraction. The casino, lounge and roof terrace are all available for hire on level 8.

The museum provides visitors with audio tours in different languages.

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The museum restaurant team has one of the best catering services. And at the museum shop, you can choose from over 3000 articles on display.

Lakhs of visitors come to the museum every year.


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