The museum building symbolically represents a turnoff from the runway of the adjacent airport, and its bold, streamlined design is modelled on an airplane hangar – a striking and especially fitting setting to showcase the Dornier legacy.
The design for the museum had to meet two requirements: In addition to an area for the main exhibition, the museum needed room for its extensive collection of original aircraft. The architects reconciled these very different requirements by creating two separate spaces that nevertheless form a unified whole: the hangar, which houses the original aircraft, and the Museum Box. Appearing to float above the foyer, it is the heart of the exhibition and showcases a wealth of exhibits illustrating why the name Dornier has been inextricably linked with aeronautic history for over 100 years.
The museum's location in Friedrichshafen, the birthplace of the Dornier company, and its physical proximity to Friedrichshafen Airport drive home the direct link between the early days of aviation and present-day air traffic.
Architecture: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
DORNIER MUSEUM FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
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