Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BMW Headquarters Abstract

I have been toying with the idea of starting a Photo Blog to more easily share images I have taken and it seems that there is no time like the present.

I thought about doing something fancy or complicated for a first post, but figured that sort of effort might be better timed if a dry spell should present itself down the road.  SO lets get to it.

Today's image comes from a stack of images I recently took while in Europe.  Our travels took us to the BMW Headquarters in Munich.  The headquarters and attached museum were built leading up to the 1972 Olympics and are across the street from the Olympic Park which is still utilized today for various activities.

This image is of the headquarters building which may be of interest to both Architecture fans as well as structural engineers.  The building is composed of 4 large tubes of office floors and space.  All four are attached to a central column that supports the weight of the building.  The side of each tube opposite the side that is attached to the building's central column appears to be floating, without support.  In fact at the bottom of the building, only the central core is apparent depending on the viewer's position.

To add to the drama,  there are 1 story breaks in the tubes 2/3rds of the way up each column.  From a distance these breaks create the appearance of a total of 8 tubes.  From the vantage point where this image was shot, they are the dark areas along the two visible columns.




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