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BMW Hochhaus

Petuelring 130
Munich Germany

Construction Dates
Floor Count22
Basement Floors2
Floor Area72,000 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - futurism
 - glass
 - aluminium
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof331 ft

- Architect: Karl Schwanzer

- This is the headquarters of BMW.

- The building was declared an historical landmark in 1999.

- An extensive remodel commenced in 2004, and was completed in 2006.

- The tower was built between 1968 and 1972, and was ready just in time for 1972 Summer Olympics.

- The BMW Museum is located right next to the tower. The tower's exterior is supposed to mimic the shape of a cylinder in a car engine, with the museum representing the cylinder head.

- The main tower consists of four vertical cylinders standing next to and across from each other. Each cylinder is divided horizontally in its center by a mold in the facade. Notably, these cylinders do not stand on the ground, they are suspended on a central support tower.

- During the construction, individual floors were assembled on the ground and then elevated.

- The tower has a diameter of 52.30 meters.

- During the 1972 Summer Olympics BMW branding was removed from the buildings to prevent undesirable product placement. Interestingly, BMW badging was also removed from the 2002 sedans, which accompanied Olympic marathoners during the competition. The branding was removed again for the building's cameo appearance in the 1975 film Rollerball, replaced by large red circles, meant to stand for the fictional ruling Corporation of the future.

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