BMW Pavilion

Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany

Planning time:

Construction time:
1995/1997/1999 (at the IAA in Frankfurt/Germany)

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
Design, object planning and structural engineering

BMW AG, Munich/Germany

Free-standing pavilion with a surface of 100 x 50 m. The structure consisted of a prestressed roof membrane supported by five centrally located masts and anchored along the edge by a number of guy cables. The façade with a maximum height of 5 m consisted of a separate lightweight steel structure with airbags stretched between supports and panels of adjustable glass louvres. The roof membrane consisting of PVC-coated polyester fabric had a thickness of only 1 mm for spans of up to 50 m.