Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

When the decision was on the agenda for paving a multifunctional open-air exhibition space extending over approximately 10,000m², the Swiss Museum of Transport opted for SF-Kooperation’s already successfully tried and tested VS5 paver system.

The Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne is one of the most comprehensive transport and communication museums in Europe. Its some 850,000 visitors per year can view over 3,000 exhibits housed in an exhibition space of over
20,000m² and, thanks to the interactive
technology installed throughout most of the
museum, “experience” at first hand what the
museum has to offer.

The museum found itself facing the challenge of completing several major refurbishment and extension projects in time for its 50th anniversary celebrations in July 2009.

The new museum complexes replacing the now demolished first-generation buildings are grouped around a large multifunctional inner court, the so-called Arena. The Arena was designed to house extremely heavy exhibits (aircraft, locomotives) and also to serve as a space for special exhibitions of other largevehicles.

This special, temporary exhibition concept entails repeatedly transporting a variety of heavy vehicles to and from the Arena. The client, the Swiss Museum of Transport, was therefore insistent that their preferred paver system would have to be particularly robust.

Not only that, this approx. 10,000m² of openair
exhibition space was also required to match the demanding architectural design standard specified over the years for the construction of the entire museum complex, not least because many of the museum’s buildings, including its
dedicated Swiss Railways train station, were designed by Gigon and Guyer, a highly esteemed team of architects.

Peter Müller-Schumacher, head of the technology division at Sebastian Mueller AG, a company headquartered in Rickenbach, Switzerland, was able to convince the client and
its planning consultancy of the merits of the VS 5 paver system. Given the fact that the paver system to be chosen would have to support heavy exhibits each weighing up to 90 tonnes (aircraft, locomotives and other heavy vehicles),
it was agreed that the most suitable paver formats would be 30 x 30 x 10.8 cm for 500 m² f exhibition space and 30 x 30 x 12.8 cm for he remaining 8,700 m².

paving project proceeded at top speed and
was completed by the end of June 2009. On its
completion, all those involved stated that they
were very satisfied with the way things had
gone.

scene was thus set for a successful
celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary.
And the VS 5 paver, now laid to optimal effect
in yet another attractive setting, was able to
document a further victory in its already wellestablished
success story.

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