after a construction period of more than four years the phaeno building, breaking with many conventions has been hand over on the 24th of november. only with the help of most modern special building materials an international team the spatial conceptions of the design by pritzker prize winning architect zaha hadid could be realized. the winning design came out of an international competition organized in 2000.
the initial design was presented as a printing, proposing the phaeno being built over the nearby road. several concrete cone feet carry the impressing mass. inside a seven meters height structural adventure unfolds. with forms, terraces and plateaus reminding of craters and caves. it required a large quantity of individually manufactured formwork and the newest technology in concrete. phæno is so far largest construction in “selfconsolidating concrete" (svb) built in europe and will therefore be an important reference object.
phaeno is an initative of the city of wolfsburg, which invested 79 million euro in the project.