[Oct 27]STUTTGART,Germany--The Mercedes-Benz Museum is home
to the “strongest artificially generated tornado in the world”.
The 34.4-metre-high artificial tornado serves
to eliminate smoke from the museum in the event of a fire.
In the event of fire, 144 outlets located along
the core walls inject air into the interior courtyard of the Mercedes-Benz
Museum. This generates an artificial tornado, and the smoke collected
is then discharged into the outside air via a smoke elimination
ventilator located in the upper part of the building.
“By successfully achieving the world record as
‘strongest artificially generated tornado in the world’, the Mercedes-Benz
Museum has once again underlined its outstanding position in the
world of museums also in terms of architecture ”said Michael Bock,
manager of Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH.
However, due to the open-plan structure of the
Mercedes-Benz Museum, the various exhibition areas are connected
to each other without any fire zones via an interior courtyard and
ramps. From the perspective of smoke elimination this presented
a challenging task that could not be implemented through conventional
It was necessary to take a new approach, and so
a globally unique smoke elimination system was developed especially
for the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
This procedure uses the principle of the tornado
force, which has a devastating effect under natural conditions,
to create a controlled life-saving form of fluid mechanics that
opens up new architectural possibilities. Mercedes-Benz