BMW World, Germany
275 architecture firms submitted tenders for the BMW Welt, and the jury’s decision was unanimous. The winning design was by Professor Wolf D. Prix and the Viennese architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. Planning and construction preparations began in 2003, for a unique ‘star-shaped corset’ bearing the load of a 26m tall double-cone steel structure.
The traditional approach to a building of this size and complexity would have been to use large steel construction columns and girders, but this would also have applied extreme individual loads to foundation slabs, and unacceptable costs to the client. The solution developed by Hünnebeck used the BOSTA® 100 frame scaffold, stabilising each of the MODEX® props and, with the aid of integrated lattice girders, ensured that the total discharged load of 450 tonnes was evenly distributed over the surface of the foundation slabs. In 2008, this multi award-winning building, completed to budget and on time, welcomed its one millionth visitor.
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