In 2000, the BMW Group launched an open architectural competition for the design of its new communication and brand center in Munich, Germany. After a long selection procedure, Coop Himmelb(l)au were chosen for their vision of streamlined, free-flowing movement and transparent communication with the outside world. At the head of the building would be two cone-shaped glass and steel structures, which created a tornado-like effect. To realize this vision, they partnered with SCHOTT to combine these eye-catching ideas with advanced safety characteristics, fire-resistant features and energy saving properties.
BMW commissioned a stunning double-cone structure with interior glass features for an increased feeling of space
The construction of BMW Welt required over 900 different glass elements
SCHOTT PYRAN® fire-rated glazing was used to add fire protection to transparency for safety and light flow