Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

Gate House, Ditzingen

A new gatehouse for the Trumpf machine tool factory marks the latest addition to its expanding factory campus begun in the early 70’s. The gatehouse is the first construction within a new master plan, which will include a new service center and a new campus restaurant.

This project embodies a long-standing ambition between architect and client: to employ Trumpf’s high-tech laser technology to construct a building entirely of laser cut and welded sheet metal. A 32 x 11 meter roof will cantilever 20 meters across the street lanes. This construction of a 50 cm deep, honeycombed membrane of stainless steel varies in density and material thickness in order to meet the changing static requirements.

The 130 square meter functional core houses the reception and waiting area as well as the technical services. The glass facades of the pavilion are two layers of float glass in 25 cm distance. Sandwiched between these glass surfaces are stacked tube-sections of acrylic glass, which allows the inner structure of the solid core to be visible as a blurred, soft shape on the façade.

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design — Carsten Krafft (Project Architect), Meredith Atkinson


Team Construction — Caspar Hoesch (Project Architect), Meredith Atkinson, Carsten Krafft



Reception, Waiting Area, Technical Services



Ditzingen, Germany



130 sqm



2006 - 2007



2009  The Third Annual R+D Awards

2009  Mies-van-der-Rohe Award, Nomination

2008  Deutscher Stahlbaupreis, Acknowledgment

2005  "Possible Futures"

Bienal Miami+Beach, 3rd Prize




Construction Management

Gassmann + Grossmann, Stuttgart


Structural Engineer

Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart


Façade Consultant

Arup Berlin (Concept)

Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart (Realization)


Landscape Architect

Büro Kiefer, Berlin