A heating and cooling system in the shape of water-bearing steel profiles was integrated into the facade. This prevents cold air declines on the glass walls, as well as overheating in the summer and condensation. Plenty of light enters into the transparent hall through glass fronts and ceiling sections. The roof that looks as if it is flying divides the enormous room according to functions. Extended ramps full of swing, presentation areas, restaurants, service and experience areas, in part with excessive covers made of stainless steel, extend through the expressive housing. Glass from SCHOTT was used for the lounge on the fourth floor. To prevent fire flashover, internal fire protective glazing was installed here using the Pyran® steel system 363 and based on a staggered back edge seal with an additional steel component on the steel-girder construction that bears the lsg panes. The monolithic thermally tempered borosilicate glass from SCHOTT Jenaer Glas that conforms to DIN EN 13024 not only provides an effective barrier against fire and smoke, but also remains transparent, even under severe stress.
The delivery center that opened in October of 2007 is 180 meters in length, 28 meters high and up to 130 meters wide. It impressively holds its ground despite the existing BMW and Olympic buildings that face it, both classics of architectural history. Unlike these other buildings, the »BMW Welt« expresses sheer driving pleasure by taking an approach that goes beyond dry boxes and paved parking spaces.
The interior of the »BMW Welt« proves to be just as remarkable as its archi-tecture. Even the smallest detail conveys to the visitors the notion of uniqueness: Different room perspectives, an easy orientation and a maximum of comfort create a fascinating atmosphere. Photo: BMW
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