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Virtual Earth map of Red Bull Hangars 7 and 8 under contsruction, Salzburg Airport

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For several years the world’s most extraordinary hangar has been considered a private museum, owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull (1987).

Architect Volkmar Burgstaller’s project begins in October 1999. The construction starts in January 2001. It’s not just the idea and concept of Hangar-7 that rise above the ordinary; the process of its construction has been pretty extraordinary as well. Because of its unusual form, the model has even had to pass wind tunnel tests. On 22 August 2003, Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport saw its official opening – with a fittingly extraordinary celebration.

In order to decorate such a prestigious location, Red Bull has chosen an Italian company: matteograssi, that has provided sofas from its Openside collection, designed by Franco Poli. Openside sofas decorate the Hangar-7’s ground-floor areas, where visitors are hosted. The sofas, entirely soft leather-covered, are presented in both “corporate” Bianco Neve and Rosso Bolero colours. In waiting rooms and other operative spaces, matteograssi has placed several other products: UL400 benches by Ulrich, Blox, Bristol and Berlin sofas, Mizar and Carol swivel small armchairs, and Metron tables. (262 is the seatings total amount)

The decision to build Hangar-7 was made for very practical reasons. The Flying Bulls, a professional acrobatic team of flight enthusiasts, needed a new home for their unique collection of historical aircraft. Having grown over the years, the collection did not fit the old hangar any more. The Douglas DC-6B alone, with its wingspan of 36 meters and a rudder assembly nine meters high, would have made it necessary to move into a new hangar.

The ambition was to link modern technology with the mythical dream of flight – not just to create a dignified home for rare antiques, but also to establish a place where technology, art and passion meet: in short, far more than simply an aircraft hangar. It's a world-wide unique combination of an aircraft hangar, an art gallery and a space for gastronomy and events.

From the outside, Hangar-7 looks like a wing. While inside the building itself, the transparent shell gives the visitor a remarkably vast sight of Austria’s sky. After all, the sky is where aircrafts are most at home, especially Flying Bulls’.



 

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