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The museum architecture, and exhibition and media design form an ideal setting to present a rich tapestry of themes in a very special way. The BMW Museum takes new approaches by integrating contemporary architecture with the historic buildings, in the same way that the brand is always setting new and innovative benchmarks for engineering and design.

During construction between 2004 and 2008, the museum bowl was restored to its original 1973 state. A central visitors’ ramp in the bowl connected a system of seemingly hovering platforms. The interpretation of the ramp as a road and the exhibition areas as squares became integrated into the neighbouring low-rise building as part of the new museum concept by the architects and exhibition designers at Atelier Brückner.

The exterior façade of this rectangular building was preserved as a ‘historical shell’, while the ceiling structures were removed and the interior was completely gutted. Contemporary architecture was integrated into the newly-created, larger space consisting of a surrounding ramp and seven individual exhibition areas. This glass-and-steel architecture strikes a deliberate contrast to the bowl.

To the outside world, it appears as a massive, self-contained concrete sculpture and its interior is dominated by the character of an open space, whereas the architecture of the low-rise building is more urban in nature. The two building sections, the round and low-rise constructions, are connected via a visitors’ ramp, which leads the guests to all of the 25 exhibition areas.


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