The building, with the silhouette feature of futuristic projects of Coop Himmelblau, is covered with steel plates and glass, however, its architect had an inspiration a bit older: the Acropolis in Athens: "It is a kind of covered plaza where things can happen not necessarily connected to building a car."
One of the greatest challenges in the supply of the total 12,400 m² of glass was the logistics and the diversity of the 26 different glass compositions as well as the great variety of shapes involved. The installation of every single piece of glass was planned exactly. The combination of almost every ECKELT product – CLIMAPLUS SOLAR CONTROL, STADIP, SERALIT LITEX etc. lends itself to the unique and imposing appearance of BMW World in Munich.
The character of the structure is strongly defined by the exciting playfulness between the floating roof structure above the flexible and transparent display areas. The imposing and dynamic eye-catcher is the prominent double-conical facade. The glass and steel covered tornado-like structure which twists upwards and ends in the cloud-like floating roof structure, is created from a dynamic deformation of the two support tiers and form the main support for the roof.
The extraordinary shape of the building made particular demands on the geometry and exactness of the facade elements which were constructed in 3D. The double-cone alone has 900 different insulated safety glass units covering about 2,850 m2. To protect against summer overheating, SUNEX 52/29 solar-control low-e coating was used. The large sizes – the edge length of the triangles is up to 5.5 m – required thick sheets of glass weighing 70 kg/sqm!
BMW Welt construction was a success. The courageous design of the Viennese architects Coop Himmelblau integrates the BMW World Munich in a visionary and trend-setting manner into its world-famous surroundings. The open architecture and the glass facade bring an array of light to the interior spaces and opens up the building to the environment. At the same time, the BMW World sits harmoniously in the context of the architecture of the Olympia Park and existing BMW building.