Competition 1st Prize
The architectural composition created by the Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer with the tower (“Four Cylinders”) and the “Bowl” of the BMW Museum in front of it in 1970 – 1973 is very well known indeed. The windows and façade needed to be renewed after the refurbishment that was due after three decades, and the building needed bringing completely up to date in technical areas such as heating, ventilation, and electrical and and sanitary equipment, and also fire protection devices. Here monument preservation viewpoints were as important as the demand for modern energy specifications. Moving away from complete air-conditioning, and providing windows that can be opened individually and maximum use of daylight at the desk through light control correspond with recent insights into the physiology of work.