!melk was part of the winning team (with REX, Front, and ARUP) of an international design competition to expand the Mercedes-Benz World Corporate Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
In 2006, Daimler opened the UN Studio-designed Mercedes-Benz Museum as an addition to the original Mercedes-Benz showroom and test facility. With this new amenity, Mercedes put itself at the forefront of brands commissioning exemplary, cutting-edge architecture to represent and capture the iconicity of their brand and headquarters. With the representation of Mercedes’ history and current research & development already on one site, Daimler came to realize a place to innovate, imagine and invent Mercedes’ future was missing. Daimler acquired the parcels of land adjacent to the existing showroom/museum to construct a Future Center, for which a landscape design would be critical in solidifying the organization of the buildings as an integrated and enlarged corporate campus.
!melk’s proposal for the campus expansion is comprehensively designed around a public green space that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding area. It includes a publicly accessible park with an arrival plaza, amphitheater, sculpture gardens, restaurant terraces, linkages to local trails, and a large photovoltaic array. The gestures of landform and circulation in and around the site are robust and expressed with dynamic geometries that associate with the physics of automotive design.
REX (architect), Arup (engineer), Front (facade engineer)