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BMW Leipzig, Germany

The BMW manufacturing plant in Leipzig by Zaha Hadid architects was designed to house the production for the series 1 model. The 27,500 sq.m complex is a sequence of spaces weaved together like an active nerve-centre or communication knot of different activities. The central building acts as a central hub that connects multiple threads that branch out and gather from the building's various activities.

GIA Equation was responsible for the lighting design of the offices, all internal ‘front-of-house’ locations and the building exterior. Production lines, paintwork inspection areas, and R&D laboratories were included within our scope of work.

The project is a dynamic interpretation of the traditional working space as it blurs the boundaries between active and static spaces. Coloured lighting (white vs blue) is used as a tool to categorise and funnel all movement around the manufacturing complex and allow for spatial division and way finding.

Client: BMW AG
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Status: Completed 2005
Awards: RIBA Awards 2005