A Rolling Museum
Maybe you're one of the lucky few who can afford to buy all your friends and family cars for Christmas. If, however, funds are more limited, there is another option for those who covet automotive luxury: the new Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany.
On schedule to be completed in the second half of 2008 (that's any day now!), the Porsche Museum will also double as the headquarters for the entire company. According to Anton Hunger, head of public relations for the Porsche company, “The new museum will be the business card at our headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and will represent the Company both inwardly and outwardly.” From the looks of these gorgeous mockups, I'd have to agree.
The Porsche company's entire history, as well as the latest innovations in contemporary car design will be gathered in one location, on floor space of around 21,000 square meters. The building itself is constructed around three supportive concrete cores, so the main area of the building itself will appear to be floating. The up to 80 cars on display will be regularly exchanged with cars from their sporting and racecar divisions, thus making it a “rolling museum.”
Originally 170 architectural firms from all over Europe applied to design the new building, which will also feature the company archives, a workshop on restoring the sports car, as well as an exclusive restaurant that will be available to be leased for private functions and parties. So this year, forget the car: ask Santa Claus for a ticket to Germany.