Almost like a Rubik's cube in mid play, the new experimenta building will spiral towards the sky with its staggered facade. Design and modular construction with Building Information Modeling (BIM) mean an unprecedented approach, not only to architecture but also to execution.
The futuristic new building will be an eye-catcher on the edge of the Heilbronn city center from 2019. Inside, the exhibition rooms and the ‘time-space’ spiral enclose a spacious atrium with four glass elements, the so-called talent forges. Other features include the Science Dome with a spherically curved screen and an auditorium capable of rotating through 180 degrees, as well as an observatory. Schwarz Real Estate has commissioned Drees & Sommer to take overall responsibility for the project. Sauerbruch Hutton Architects are the designers and project partner. Construction has been in full swing since July 2015. Work on the building shell is scheduled to start in early 2016.
Drees & Sommer opted to use Building Information Modeling from the outset, as BIM allows the building to be split into design modules despite the complex geometry of the architecture. The experts have optimized the facade design, reducing the number of facade elements required from 200 to around 50.