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Two awards for Coop Himmelb(l)au's BMW Welt
January 29, 2009
BMW Welt receives the Wallpaper Design Award as "Best new public building" and Detail prize 2009 "Innovation Steel". Out of five nominees the judges of the Wallpaper Design Award selected the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany as "Best new public building".
Wallpaper states: "The new and dynamic Coop Himmelb(l)au creation for BMW in Munich is not only a cutting-edge car delivery centre, but a place for display, communication and, also, the public. The dynamic, semi-transparent glass and steel structure has a wavy roof, ending in a twisting twin-cone form, and an open interior with monumental stairways, bridges and balconies."
Out of 318 entries from 28 nations the judges of Detail Prize selected the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany as winner of the category "Innovation Steel".
The jury of Detail Prize states: "BMW Welt is an impressively complex steel building whose expressive shape enables innovative spatial sequences and scenarios. Planning and construction of the building required massive computer support. The multilayered three-dimensional framework with very few support points could undoubtedly only have been constructed using steel. The off-centre rotation of the cylinder similarly required the use of steel. The facade, which has both a supporting and reinforcing function, is surprisingly filigree in its design. The symbolic building is a significant addition to its environment and acts as a landmark between the BMW Museum and the Olympic Park."
Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal of Coop Himmelb(l)au said: "I am delighted to receive these awards for our project.
The BMW Welt is a major statement about architecture. It is an identifiable building in the city, which is an important issue in architecture nowadays. So therefore I think the BMW Welt is an answer to the question how public space could be today."
 
 
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