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A mobile laboratory traveling around the world to inspire innovative ideas for urban life

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What Is the Lab?

Photo: Christian Richters © 2012 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Photo: Christian Richters
© 2012 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.

Over the Lab’s six-year migration, there will be three distinct mobile structures and thematic cycles. Each structure will be designed by a different architect, and each will travel to three cities around the globe. The theme of the Lab’s first two-year cycle is Confronting Comfort—exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab launched in New York, running from August 3 to October 16, 2011. It is currently in Berlin, where it will be open through July 29, 2012, before moving on to Mumbai in late 2012. Cycle 1 will conclude with an exhibition presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Two additional two-year cycles will follow, each with a new mobile structure and theme, concluding in the fall of 2016.

Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the Lab is conceived to inspire public discourse in cities around the world and through the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and online social communities.

The public is invited to attend and to participate in free programs and experiments at the Lab. In addition, the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social communities provide opportunities for participants around the world to engage with and to contribute to the ideas and experiments generated by the Lab.


El BMW Guggenheim Lab abre sus puertas en Berlín

Esta caja de herramientas itinerante y multidisciplinar, que se podra visitar en la capital alemana hasta el 29 de junio, abarca urbanismo, arquitectura, arte, diseño, ciencias, tecnología, educación y sostenibilidad


Kreuzberg no se quiere aburguesar; los hipsters pertenecen a otros barrios berlineses. Así justificaron los vecinos del barrio donde originalmente quería instalarse la estructura itinerante del proyecto«BMW Guggenheim Lab» de la fundación neoyorkina Guggenheim. Así que ha aterrizado finalmente en Prenzlauer Berg, en una antigua nave industrial del sector este de la ciudad, reconvertido en centro multiusos. Esta es la razón que el BMW Guggenheim Lab haya retrasado hasta el 15 de junio y por más de tres semanas la inauguración de este laboratorio móvil de ideas en la capital alemana.

Exterior view; Photo: Christian Richters
Exterior view; Photo: Christian Richters

La estructura que acaba de abrir sus puertas y que comenzó su recorrido en Nueva York, es un armazón de fibra de carbono diseñada por el despacho de arquitectos Bow-Wow de Tokio como una«caja de herramientas itinerante». Permanecerá en Berlín hasta el próximo 29 de julio, tras lo cual continuará su viaje a Bombay.

Architecture – BMW Guggenheim Lab.

Lightweight and compact, with a structural skeleton built of carbon fiber, the mobile structure for the first cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab has been designed by the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow as a “traveling toolbox.”

The structure’s lower half is a present-day version of the Mediterranean loggia, an open space that can easily be configured to accommodate the Lab’s various programs. The upper part of the structure houses a flexible rigging system and is wrapped in a semitransparent mesh. Through this external skin, visitors are able to catch glimpses of the extensive apparatus of “tools” that may be lowered or raised from the canopy according to the Lab’s programming needs, transforming the ground space into a formal lecture setting, a stage for a celebratory gathering, or a workshop with tables for hands-on experiments.

Design Architect

Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo, Japan
Principals: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima
Project Team: Mirai Morita and Masatoshi Hirai

Fabrication and Structural Engineering

Superstructure and Installation: NUSSLI Group, Switzerland/USA
Structural Engineer: Arup, Tokyo, Japan

Berlin Design, Engineering, and Construction

Local Architect: magma architecture, Berlin, Germany
Structural and Civil Engineer: Arup, Berlin, Germany
Construction Management: NUSSLI Group, Switzerland/USA

New York Design, Engineering, and Construction

Architect of Record: Fiedler Marciano Architecture, New York, USA
Structural and Civil Engineer: Arup, New York, USA
Site Preparation Construction Management: Sciame Construction Co., New York, USA

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