BMW Welt Munich

Futuristic hybrid

BMW Welt is a brand experience, a car delivery centre and an event hall directly adjacent to the company headquarters and the BMW Museum. The architects Coop Himmelb(l)au designed a 180-metre long hall that complemented the western part of the large complex and connects the property into the urban environment.

A contemporary and dynamic architecture characterises the 25,000 m² property. The entrance to the building is defined by a spectacular double cone on the southern side. The central design concept divides the hybrid building into five thematic elements: Event hall, vehicle delivery, forum, restaurant and double cone. In stainless-steel metal walls, switches and sockets in the LS 990 design from JUNG have been flush mounted.

The roof of BMW Welt acts as a fifth façade and with that takes on an important part of the communicative effect of the outer shell alongside the other façades. Against this background, none of the traditional, fan-like, elevated, south-oriented photovoltaic systems came into question for the team around architect Wolf D. Prix. The solar modules were integrated flush into the stainless-steel skin, which lies over the actual roof drainage level, in order to avoid penetrations of the roof and ventilation elements being visible.
Pictures: Henrik Schipper
Drawings: Coop Himmelblau

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