Last newsIn an all-day meeting in March 2002, the jury awarded prizes to three of the nine submitted design proposals. First prize went to the team of Zaha Hadid (London) with landscape architects Gross.Max, (Edinburgh).

Execution started immediately after the competition’s conclusion. Construction work was filmed by several webcams and is webcast at The factory and the central building were inaugurated in a ceremony with chancelor Gerhard Schröder on May 13, 2005.

Central building, May 2005
LocationIn the Halle/Leipzig region of Germany, the BMW Group built a new factory in the immediate vicinity of the New Leipzig Trade Fair grounds.
Project contentConstruction of the factory building started in early 2002. Manufacture of the BMW 3-series cars began in the new factory in 2005.

In the competition, the scope of work included the design for the new factory's Central Building (serving as the entrance as well as for administrative and communication purposes), facade design of the adjoining factory halls (to be developed on the basis of the Central Building's design) as well as the design of the adjacent outdoor space.
ProcedureIn coordination with Leipzig’s City Council, BMW launched a restricted, open competition for architects and landscape planners preceded by a world-wide open application procedure. The competition procedure comprised an anonymous phase with 24 competitors and a co-operative non-anonymous phase with nine shortlisted competitors.
JuryArchitectural jurors:

Prof. Marc Angélil, Los Angeles/Zurich
Prof. Dietrich Fink, Munich
Guido Hager, Zurich
Christoph Ingenhoven, Düsseldorf (withdrew)
Prof. Henning Rambow, Leipzig
Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch, Berlin/London (jury chair)
Uwe Schumann, Leipzig.

Alternate Architectural jurors:

Undine Giseke, Berlin
Prof. Burkhard Pahl, Darmstadt/Leipzig

Technical jurors:

Peter Claussen, Project Manager BMW Leipzig Factory, BMW AG
Franz Cremer, Head Technology Integration, BMW AG
Dr. Joachim Fischer, Member of the City Council’s SPD faction, Leipzig
Dr. Engelbert Lütke Daltrup, Councillor for Urban Development and Construction, City of Leipzig
Dr. Norbert Reithöfer, Member of the Board of Directors – Manufacturing, BMW AG

Alternate technical jurors:

Nikolaus Bauer, Project Manager Logistics BMW Leipzig Factory, BMW AG
Andreas Habicht, Member of the City Council’s CDU faction, Leipzig
Wolfgang Kunz, Head City Planning Office, Leipzig
Rudolf Reichenauer, Project Manager Staff BMW Leipzig Factory, BMW AG
Kurt Sposta, Head Construction and Energy – Manufacturing, BMW AG
Prizes and feesApprox. 306,000.- Euro in total was made available for prizes and fees.

1st prize:33,000.- Euro
2nd prize:20,000.- Euro
3rd prize:13,000.- Euro

Each participant in the 2nd phase received 30,000.- Euro remuneration for submitting a design proposal fulfilling requirements stipulated in the competition brief.
Participants in phases 1 and 2
-Barkow Leibinger (Berlin) with Christiane Sörensen (Hamburg)
-Armand Grüntuch and Almut Ernst (Berlin) with Topotek 1 (Berlin)
-Zaha Hadid (London) and Gross.Max (Edinburgh)
-Hermann + Öttl (Munich) with Tobias Frauscher (Munich)
-Peter Kulka (Dresden/Cologne) with Kluska (Munich)
-Lab Architecture (Melbourne/London) with Karres en Brands (Hilversum)
-Greg Lynn and House+Robertson (Los Angeles) with Calvin Abe (Los Angeles)
-Reiser Umemoto (New York) with Helmut Wartner (Landshut)
-Ian Ritchie (London) and Isterling & Partner (Hamburg)
Participants in phase 1 only
-Alsop Architects (London) with Grant Associates (Bath)
-Auer + Weber (Stuttgart) with Stötzer + Neher (Sindelfingen)
-Eike Becker_Architekten with Gruppe F (Berlin)
-Benthem Crouwel Architekten (Amsterdam) with Kaap 3 (Rotterdam)
-Odile Decq-Benoit Cornette with Luis Benech (Paris)
-LANGHOF Planungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin) with Heike Langenbach (Vienna)
-lauber architekten (Munich) with Thomanek + Duquesnoy (Berlin)
-Poitiers Architekten (Hamburg) with Atelier Loidl (Berlin)
-KARO-architekten with Almuth Krause (Leipzig)
-Schneider + Schumacher with Prof. Mürb + Ulla Schuch (Frankfurt)
-schulz & schulz architekten gmbh (Leipzig) with Müller, Peuker, Kampfer (Leipzig)
-BRT Architekten BDA (Hamburg) with Bendfeldt Schröder Franke (Kiel)
-Erick van Egeraat associated architects with West 8 (Rotterdam)
-Architekturbüro Angela Wandelt with Knoll Ökoplan (Leipzig)
-Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten GmbH with ST raum.a (Berlin)
Deadline for applicationSeptember 24, 2001
Jury colloquiumOctober 15, 2001
Selection committee meetingOctober 15 and 16, 2001
Distribution of materials, phase 1October 22, 2001
Online forumOctober 19, 2001 until November 6, 2001
Competitors' colloquium (in Regensburg)October 31, 2001
Submission of entries, phase 1November 22, 2001
Jury meeting, phase 1December 17, 2001
Distribution of materials, phase 2 December 20, 2001
Colloquium, phase 2 January 9 and 10, 2002
Submission of entries, phase 2February 18, 2002
Submission of modelsFebruary 25, 2002
Jury meeting, phase 2March 22, 2002
Exhibition Leipzig City HallJune 4 to 23, 2002