Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

BMW Design- and Concept House, Munich

In order to research future working environments BMW Group, Munich has invited five international architecture practices to an ideas competition.  An internal jury of experts selected a proposal from Barkow Leibinger, Berlin for a first prize.  The proposal is for an expansion to the existing F.I.Z. (Research and Innovation Center) campus north of BMW’s Munich headquarters that will generate new spaces for creative design and development processes as well as for innovative exhibition and presentation concepts.  Despite high security requirements BMW’s goal is to organize open, dynamic, and creative design spaces. The selected design organizes 70,000 square meters (762,000 square feet) within a compact four-story building volume. The roof is formed as a topographical landscape enclosing three large double-height exterior work/ design areas, which are separated from each other by large skylights serving the workspaces below. A series of split-level platforms on the upper levels ensures for open and communicative studios. Special attention has been given to the facades and glazing mediating transparency/ daylighting requirements with visual security employing both screen-printing and a honeycomb infill between thermal glass which acts as a filter hindering views into the building.

Project Information

Architects – Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design ­– Martina Bauer, Michael Bölling, Philipp Heydel, Björn Hoffmann, Jakob Kartenbeck, Andreas Lang, Nicole Nunez, Mathew Paddie, Jaqueline Pehlemann, Phillip Raum, Bogdan Strugar, Katrin Voermanek, Jens Weßel



Exhibition, Events, Presentations, Conferences, Design- and Concept House, Office and Workshop Building



Munich, Germany



70.000 sqm



2007, 1st Prize


BMW Group


Structural Engineer

Adams Kara Taylor, London


Mechanical Engineer

Transsolar Energietechnik, Stuttgart


Façade Consultant

Arup, Berlin


Landscape Architect

Büro Kiefer, Berlin