BMW Welt (English – BMW World), is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW AG, located in Munich, Germany. In direct proximity to the BMW Headquarters and the Olympiapark, it is designed to present the current products of BMW, be a distribution center for BMW cars, and offer an event forum and a conference center.
Design and construction
thumb thumb Designed by architects Coop Himmelb(l)au for BMW Group, the facility was constructed from August 2003 through summer 2007 at a cost of US$200 million.<ref name=roundel201303/> Originally conceived to be open and ready for World Cup 2006, it eventually opened on October 17, 2007, and deliveries commenced on October 23, 2007. The first customer to take European delivery of a new BMW at the Welt was Jonathan Spira. There were 2,200,000 visitors during the first 12 months of operation.<ref name=roundel201303>Template:Cite journal</ref>
Designed with an 800 kW solar plant on its roof, "the building does not have the boredom of a hall, it is not only a temple, but also a market place and a communication center and meeting place for knowledge transfer", said architect Prix at the opening ceremony.
BMW Welt, Munich operates in co-operation with other BMW facilities in the local community, particularly the BMW Museum and BMW Headquarters.<ref>BMW AG: Geschichte: BMW Classic</ref>
BMW Welt focuses on strengthening the dialogue with customers and visitors by showing a wide range of BMW cars and motorcycles, and providing vehicle distribution, particularly the creation of a special experience with regards to customer collection of an ordered vehicle. BMW Welt also offers shops with BMW auxiliary products, as well as a fully serviced gastronomic restaurant. In the meeting forum, BMW Welt offers conference rooms and the opportunity to stage media events. The building often houses exhibitions related to new BMW models and, since 2012, other BMW Group brands such as Mini and Rolls-Royce.<ref name=roundel201303/>
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October 17, 2007
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Front façade of the BMW Welt showing the glass double cone under construction
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BMW Welt during the October 2006 construction phase
BMW Welt, March 15, 2008. BMW Welt is illuminated blue here.
BMW Welt interior June 2008
BMW Welt, April 27, 2009. BMW Welt is illuminated red here.
- BMW-Welt.com in English
- BMW-Welt on www.muenchenarchitektur.com
- BMW European Delivery wiki, on the Bimmerfest.com site