Zaha Hadid has provided a new nerve centre for BMW’s giant plant in Leipzig, central Germany.
The newly completed 25,000 m2 Central Building links the car plant’s three manufacturing blocks, and contains offices, a main entrance lobby and a cafe. The design, evolved in association with architect Patrik Schumacher, is based on two stepped terraces like giant staircases, which intersect like scissors within a large void. Overhead, half-finished cars traverse along a moving platform. IFB Dr Braschel of Stuttgart was structural engineer and cost consultant. Edinburgh consultant Gross Max was landscape architect.