Is it just me, or have automobile museums been enjoying a surge in popularity? Fancy, European places got the first automobile museums dedicated to luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. At first I thought the trend was just a friendly (albeit expensive) competition among the european luxury brands. Now, even the U.S. has opened its own automobile museum dedicated not to Ford or GM, but to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Back in fancy Europe, the National Automobile Museum has opened an addition designed by Cino Zucchi.
Imagine that the new project resurfaces the old one, adding new bits and pieces of infrastructure under a wall of glass that rounds the corners the way a car might: making curves. The glass is fritted to have these difference transparencies so that when the project is lit at night, an traces of hierarchy dissolve into an undulating ribbon punctuated at random by brighter lights. It’s almost frenetic. Inside, the newly-enclosed courtyard uses the wavy walls to a different effect, making a space much more calm than the exterior.