Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is a ‘must see’ for visitors to the German auto-industry capital. Completed in 2009 with costs touching 100 million Euro it boasts over 80 exhibits in its 5,600 sq metre floor space. If you’re a devotee of the famous German marque this is where you can loose track of time; pour over the rare and historic models that are set side by side with industy's cutting-edge technological developments.
Situated between Cathedral Square and the Bishop's Palace in what’s known as the ‘Viking Triangle’, Waterford City’s cultural and historic quarter, you’ll find the beautiful Medieval Museum. The building was opened earlier this year; with Waterford City Council architects Rupert Maddock and Bartosz Rojowski responsible for the design. One of the building’s striking features, the beautiful creamy sandstone façade looks, as someone remarked: “as if it had been shaped by the wind”.
Many European cities have ardently preserved part of their medieval past, turning their ‘old town’ or ‘Altstadt’ districts into living, pedestrian-friendly museums bedecked with pavement cafes and places to shop. I can’t think of a better example than Gamla Stan in the heart of the Swedish capital, Stockholm. I discovered this gem when I spent a couple of days there last year shooting pictures for stock photo libraries. Winding narrow cobblestone streets, with their colourful buildings give Gamla Stan its unique character. Enchanting at any time, on a snowy winter's day it looks like something out of a storybook
The centre of the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, called 18 Septemberplein had quite an ‘industrial’ feel about it. This was changed when Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas created the 'Blob', an organic glass and concrete building that serves as the entrance to The Admirant, a major commercial centre. The futuristic looking structure compliments the former Philips factory on the right of my picture.
BMWs Munich Headquarters, Munich, The 101-metre (331 ft) building is located near the Olympic Village and is often cited as one of the most notable examples of architecture in Munich. The large cathedral exterior is supposed to mimic the shape of a tire in a race car, with the garage representing the cylinder head. Both buildings were designed by the Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer.