Following an international competition, the project was awarded to Coop Himmelb(l)au, an architects? cooperative based in Vienna founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer.
The building?s technological complexity makes it an icon of speed, dynamism and elegance representing the ideal to which BMW?s cars aspire.
Awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building, the project was built with a particular focus on the issues of sustainability and energy conservation. Its sophisticated roof contains a photovoltaic installation measuring about 6 thousand square metres.
by Agnese Bifulco
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D.Prix / W.Dreibholz & Partners ZT GmbH
Location: Munich, Germany
Photographs: Marcus Buck, Roland Walch, Gerald Zugmann, Iwan Baan, Ari Marcoupoulos, Christian Richters, Duccio Malagamba