Württemberg State Museum - A journey through time
Staging an epochal exhibition is an art in itself. It is not enough to just talk about history; it must be experienced. It is not enough to depict the epochs; they must be made physically accessible. Where material science is concerned the permanent exhibition »Legendary Masterpieces – Cultural History of Württemberg« brought some astonishing things to light.
uniting space, colour and staging
»The permanent exhibition to celebrate the 150th jubilee was created as a round chronological tour«, explains Jan-Christian Warnecke, head of the building directorate of the State Museum, »one that leads visitors from the first evidence of human existence in South West Germany right through to the beginnings of the Weimar Republic.« The Munich Atelier Hammerl & Dannenberg was commissioned with the design. Tanja Hammerl explains the principles: »On a surface area of 2,400 m² the visitor traverses a period of over 35,000 years. In order to keep this time dimension comprehensible, the rooms are clearly differentiated – by the colour concept on the one hand and on the other by the staging of a central aspect in each. The result is a comprehensible sensual unity of meaning achieved by the interaction of space, colour and staging effects.
14 back-lit steles for navigation
Orientation is of utmost importance. »A core element of orientation are the 14 luminous columns or so-called epoch boxes«, explains the architect. Each one constitutes a narrative backbone informing visitors of what was distinctive in each epoch, how regional history can be fitted into a global context and what the outstanding innovations of the epoch were. The demands were extremely high, remembers Ms Hammerl: »The columns made of Corian in Glacier Ice are illuminated from within with the substructure invisible. Thanks to the sophisticated bonding technology of Hasenkopf, it was possible to create virtually invisible corner joints; the LED technology produced the effect of an homogenously illuminated surface with no irritants from within.« Special expertise was required for the atlas, that had to be milled mirror-inverted and then cast in resin.
mirror-inverted milled world map
This allowed the realisation of an exact edge image. In addition to the questions of aesthetics and functionality, consideration also had to be given to heat generation, the gap dimensions of the joints in order to avoid flashes, or shadows caused by installations such as monitors and deep display cabinets. And all this with a weight limit of 500 kg. »The experience, love of detail combined with material expertise of the Hasenkopf team were decisive for meeting the requirements to the full«, says Tanja Hammerl as she takes stock of the cooperation and concludes: »The intercommunication, the planning, the pleasure taken in finding the ideal solution, the great commitment of Hasenkopf Industrie Manufaktur – all this is clearly evident to visitors of the exhibition when they stand in front of the epoch boxes.«
© Landesmusem Württemberg, Hendrik Zwietasch
© Immanuel Meier, München
© Atelier Hammerl & Dannenberg