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BMW World by Coop Himmelb(l)au
October 17, 2007
BMW Welt_Coop Himmelb(l)auThe BMW Welt (BMW World) was inaugurated today in Munich. The ceremony was attended by Wolf D. Prix, principal in charge of Coop Himmelb(l)au, the firm that designed the work, Prime Minister of Bavaria Dr. Günther Beckstein, Mayor of Munich Christian Ude, and about 800 guests.
On October 20 at 10:00 am, the building will be open for two days to visitors, offering a unique opportunity to experience the various areas and highlights of the building.
The building is located between two other architectural landmarks which are the BMW offices and headquarters, the by now “historical” four-cylinder tower by Karl Schwanzer, and the Olympic Park by Günther Benisch and Frei Otto. The main function will be that of a large showroom for delivering cars to customers but inside, it also houses space for artistic events, scientific conferences and technical presentations.
Special attention in the design has been attributed to sustainability: a series of expedients, the most evident of which are natural ventilation and the photovoltaic panels on the roof, will result in energy savings along the order of 30% compared to a traditional building.
The technical bravura includes the roof structure which, with a surface area of some 16,000 sqm., is supported by only 11 pilasters.
Pictures and details in the work’s file.
 
 
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