Dornier Museum

The Dornier Museum combines three uses in one structure: an exhibition on the company’s history (including a cinema), an aircraft hangar and a forum for festivities and events. The supporting structure of the museum hall, the canopies and the cantilevers is a frame system that is made of welded steel profiles due to the curved shape of the building. The museum hall has building-wide openings with sliding-folding doors at both ends. They are used for the delivery of exhibits and at the same time allow the hall to be converted into a hangar at short notice.

Museum Hall with Separate Exhibition Box

The annexes adjoining the museum hall to the south were realised as reinforced concrete shells. They use the favourable effect of the dome shape to transfer the not inconsiderable vertical loads from the earth cover.

Inside the museum hall, there is an exhibition box as an independent structure, which is separated from the main supporting structure; this makes it possible to dismantle it quickly if it is to be used for a different purpose at a later date.

Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Munich/Germany

Planning time

2007 − 2008

Construction time
2008 − 2009

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 − 7 acc. to HOAI)

7,000 m²

Silvius Dornier Objektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Friedrichshafen/Germany

Jens Passoth, Berlin/Germany

German Steel Construction Award 2010
Award of the BDA Lake Constance District Group 2014


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