Home to the history of mobility and the brand.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is home to the history of mobility and the brand that extends from 1886 all the way to the future. The building’s architecture also ties in accordingly as it resembles a double helix just like the DNA in which the human genome is stored. This design cue visually draws attention to the company’s spirited history.

Everything at the Mercedes-Benz Museum is also in flux: with no closed rooms or straight walls. Ceilings span 33 metres without any supports, and each of the 1,800 triangular glass panes is unique.

Outer view of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Icon of style: the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum outside the gates of the main plant in Untertürkheim.

Almost weightless: the Mercedes-Benz Museum outside the gates of the main plant in Untertürkheim.

Architectural beacon.

The museum is located outside the gates of the main Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and represents a distinctive landmark in the area as an architectural beacon. It seems to perch atop a hill – which is, in fact, man-made.

Owing to its graceful lines, the 110,000-tonne building almost seems to defy the laws of gravity, particularly in the soft light of dusk.

Numbers & facts.

Architect UNStudio van Berkel & Bos, Amsterdam
Display conception Prof. HG Merz, Stuttgart
Height of construction 47.5 metres
Ground area 4,800 square metres
Levels 9
Gross weight 110,000 tonnes
Number of triangular panes of glass 1,800 (none being identical)
Length of the wire system laid in the concrete 630 kilometres
Length of the heating pipes laid in the concrete 100 kilometres
Number of lamps in the museum 12,000
Exhibition space 16,500 square metres
Legend rooms surface 9,100 square metres
Collection rooms surface 5,300 square metres
Total number of exhibits 1,500
Total number of vehicles 160
Draft of the Mercedes-Benz Museum from the architectural firm UNStudio by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos.

In 2002, architectural firm UNStudio founded by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos in Amsterdam won the design competition for the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Unique structure.

Architectural firm UNStudio founded by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos designed the building with its unique structure and captivating exterior. In his initial sketch, van Berkel outlined a seemingly basic geometric figure consisting of several loops turning endlessly back into themselves.

Exhibition designer HG Merz fleshed out the concept in close collaboration with the then DaimlerChrysler AG – from the tendering phase through to detailed planning of the museum’s look and feel. Museum planning is one of the architect’s specialities.

The museum’s shell consists of materials which are also used in the automotive industry – aluminium and glass.

Image gallery.

Intense ambience and expansive window panes.

Polished aluminium sheet metal that emits a bright shine in the sun weaves in and out of the structure. The contrasting darker bands of window panes mysteriously lure you to what is awaiting inside during the day – and cast a welcoming glow at night.

The design of the façade hints at the layout of the exhibition area, which is spread out over nine floors and is accessed via two walkways.

The Legend rooms with their intense ambience extend toward the interior of the building, are almost twice as tall as the Collection rooms and take you on a journey through time – from the invention of the car all the way to the future of mobility. 

The Collection rooms in the second tour open up the museum with its expansive window panes to the surrounding Stuttgart area, including the Neckar Valley, the curvy lines of which visually correspond with the organic design language of the building.

The staircase joining two Collection rooms extends along the inside of the façade.

The staircase joining two Collection rooms extends along the inside of the façade. (Museum designer: HG Merz)

Spectacular perspectives.

Stairs interconnect the Collection rooms, and gracefully extend along the inside of the façade, while ramps lead visitors through the Legend rooms and offer spectacular perspectives of the exhibition as you enter a new room.

Soft, flowing manner.

There are almost no right angles to be found anywhere in the Mercedes-Benz Museum as nearly every wall, ceiling, ramp and support is arched or turned and transitions to the next element in a soft, flowing manner. This is made possible by so-called twists, or component parts which incorporate two turns and are the most spectacular innovation of the building.

The twists emerge from the lift shafts as a vertical wall, and then, leaning on the next lift shaft, spiral outwards in a gentle sweep. As such, the architecture of the museum does not draw strict lines between horizontal and vertical surfaces, thereby lending a sense of dynamism.

During the construction phase: a twist in reinforced concrete shown as a prototype near the later construction site of the museum.

During the construction phase: a twist in reinforced concrete shown as a prototype near the later construction site of the museum.

The steep curve found in Legend room 7 of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Inspired by legendary racetracks: the steep curve found in Legend room 7 of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. (Museum designer: HG Merz)

Horizontal and vertical.

The transition between the horizontal and vertical can also be found in the geometry of Legend room 7: Silver Arrows – Races and Records. The centrepiece of the room is the steep curve, which serves as an exhibition platform for legendary Mercedes-Benz racing cars. It is among the highlights of the museum concept devised by HG Merz and harkens back to legendary racetracks.

Numerous prizes and awards underscore the unique architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum and include the 2009 Hugo Häring Award for outstanding buildings in Baden-Württemberg.

World-class architecture meets unparalleled automotive history – filmed with a drone.

Special guided tour: Architecture in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Discover the award-winning architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Special guided tour: Architecture

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.