Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos have recently completed works on this stunning exhibition center in Hamburg, Germany. The center dedicated to the art of writing located on the outskirts of Hamburg, near to the present Montblanc factory. The idea was envisaged as a 100-meter-long container that resembles a writing instrument case and conceals a complicated sequence of chambers articulated on three levels around a single entryway lighted from above. The 3,600 m2 structure features a permanent exhibition that encourages visitors to discover and experience writing via the history of pens and precision instruments from the Montblanc archive.
The main façade completely changes the factory complex’s exterior appearance. The various degrees of depth imprinted on the enormous black concrete relief that spans along its whole length remind the horizon line of the mountain that gives the company its name, as well as the writing gesture, providing a large surface area for outside projections. A wide outdoor area, defined by a green hill that protects it from traffic, extends the surrounding vegetation and provides a space for outdoor public leisure.
The project pays homage to the culture of writing by portraying itself as an enigmatic structure from the outside. It is aware of its surroundings’ size and the interior’s quality of light and space, and it is conscious of the role that architecture plays in the redevelopment of industrial areas and the creation of public space.
Architects: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos – www.nietosobejano.com
Area: 4390 m²
Photographs: Roland Halbe