The BMW Belt Is Located In The Olympic Park In Munich, In The Middle Of The BMW Campus. It Is A Showcase And Distribution Centre For BMW Cars. The Structure Appears As A Whirl Of Glass And Steel In The Shape Of A Double Cone That Twists Upwards The Roof.
The Roof Itself Is In The Form Of A Cloud That Seems To Be Floating. This Masterpiece Of Steel And Glass, Designed By Coop Himmelblau, Has 16,500 Square Meters Of Solar Panels. These Panels Generate Much Of The Energy Consumed By The Building Itself On A Daily Basis.
The Interiors Have Monumental Stairways, Curved Bridges, And Balconies That Are Held In The Air. The BMW Welt Is Therefore, Is Not Just A Work Of Art, But Also A Building Famous For Its Practical Role. Truely, The Building Is An Architectural Wonder.
In 2001, an international architectural design competition was sponsored by BMW. Twenty-seven offices participated in the competition four of which were awarded prizes. The jury awarded two offices Sauerbruch Hutton and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU first prize and made the recommendation for the competitors to rework their design submissions in a third design phase in order for BMW to determine which office would be awarded the contract.
Fact: The BMW Welt is more than just a delivery centre. Here, the BMW Group comes to life. The BMW Welt brings together all the BMW Group brands under one roof and allows visitors and customers to experience the BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Husqvarna brands and the BMW M and BMW i sub-brands in an interactive manner.