Low-energy buildings are news today. I never thought that a car manufacturing plant could be described as sexy and glamorous, but BMW’s new Welt facility in Munich has the design world buzzing.
The multifunctional Hall, which sits as the centre point of the complex, was designed as a solar-heated, naturally ventilated sub-climatic area, removing the normal requirements for building heating and ventilation. Instead, a natural air supply is generated by thermal currents, wind pressure and turbulences when air accumulates in the area of the façade and roof projection. Air intake and outflow take place through automatically controlled and strategically placed vents providing the Hall with all its air needs.
The Germans have brought the beauty of BMW design and engineering to a spectacular, earth-friendly production facility that also provides public exhibition space in the ‘Double Cone’ zone of the new facility. Wow! via Inhabitat and ArchDaily.