Marked by polished performance

Leslie McManus

Challenge

An architectural landmark demands a material that promises a memorable visitor experience matched by uncommon beauty and durability.

Solution

Stainless steel elements formed from Outokumpu Supra austenitic stainless steel deliver consistent quality and high corrosion resistance with long life-cycle.

Delivery

Steel grade: 90 metric tonnes of Outokumpu Supra 316L/4404 stainless steel

Housed in a building as singular as its legendary namesake, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, is a stunning example of visionary architecture. Completed in 2009, the exhibition building rises 16 meters above the ground, supported by three enormous V-shaped columns. Visitors have the sensation of floating.

In the 5,600-square meter exhibition area, visitors can learn about the history of Porsche and view 80 of the company’s iconic vehicles, ranging from the early 356 to the 911. For the visitor, the Porsche Museum is an exhilarating, exciting experience, one heightened by the use of advanced materials in the landmark building’s construction.

Outokumpu Porsche museum

 

Mirroring perfection

Visitors first interact with the building in its lobby. Eyes are immediately drawn to the ceiling, which is clad in shimmering stainless steel. The reflective material makes the spacious lobby area appear even bigger. The interaction of visitors and building is reinforced by the mirror effect. Captivated by the choreography of reflection, visitors give little thought to the processes required to create such artistry.

At Outokumpu, however, intense focus ensured delivery of material of uniformly high quality. Production of customized diamond-shaped stainless steel elements met or exceeded architects’ specifications for the demanding project.

 

Strong but light

For this uniquely challenging project, Outokumpu’s Krefeld and Dillenburg plants produced 90 metric tonnes of Supra 316L/4404 austenitic stainless steel. Strong but light, stainless steel is well suited to high-profile applications like that of the Porsche Museum.

The advanced material’s exceptional corrosion resistance translates into greatly reduced maintenance. For the building owner, that means low life-cycle costs and impressive durability. For the visitor, it reflects polished performance.

Recommended products and insight

Building and infrastructure

Landmark buildings and bridges make a statement. When they’re built of stainless steel, that statement reflects an enduring legacy – a legacy of timeless beauty, exceptional strength and unmatched durability.

Façade

Building façade material selection is critically important. The material must be visually appealing, low maintenance and impervious to weather and pollution.

Supra

The Supra range contains stainless steel products designed for highly corrosive environments. Outokumpu Supra range stainless steels have a good resistance to uniform corrosion in many organic and inorganic chemicals. The addition of molybdenum enhances the alloy’s corrosion resistance in many acidic environments.

Deco

There is a wide variety of surface finishes available for our stainless steel products. Decorative cladding that perfectly matches the architect’s vision. Functional and decorative surfaces for elevators and other indoor spaces. 

Sustainability

Outokumpu's four value propositions: recycling maximized, nothing to hide, pays for itself and indispensability showcase Outokumpu's strengths, which answer to key sustainability needs. By selecting Outokumpu's stainless steel, our customers also benefit from these in their own sustainability efforts.