Monday, March 26, 2007

BMW World Headquarters

The BMW Headquarters and Museum is a Munich landmark that has served as world headquarters for the Bavarian automaker for over 30 years. Designed by the architect Karl Schwanzer, the 101-meter-tall tower was constructed between 1968 and 1972. In 1999, the building was declared historical, and an extensive remodeling commenced in 2004 and is nearing completion. A large new museum designed by Coop Himmelblau is currently being constructed across the street from the existing facility. Perhaps the most interesting piece of trivia regarding the tower, which evokes imagery of automobile engine cylinders, is that it was literally constructed from the top down. The central support tower was erected first. Then each individual floor was assembled at ground level and then elevated into place, with the lowest floors being completed last.

Clinton Riddle

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