Take Off , BMW Group , Terminal 2, Airport, Munich, Germany - FRANKEN\ARCHITEKTEN

Take Off

“In the structural perfection of the Modernist cube, with its minimalist range of colors defined by glass and transparency, we look straight into the emptiness of the container... Today we understand power differently, i.e., as a minimum path through a potential field. Depending on local conditions, this path can vary, yet the trajectory always rests on moments of mutual cooperation, a simultaneous comparison which delimits a minimum path.”
Cecil Balmond, "New Structure und das Informelle", Arch+ 139/140, 1998

As the advertising medium for the new Terminal II at Munich Airport, we created a combination of brand communication and art object with visual and kinetic interactivity, using the principle of an optical illusion. The lightness and elegance of the construction and the fascinating technical details make reference to BMW as an engineering brand.

Client BMW Group
Location Terminal 2, Airport, Munich, Germany
Project-Team Prof. Bernhard Franken, Frank Brammer, Nils-Peter Fischer, Tasso Effraimidis, Oliver Tessmann

Bollinger + Grohmann

Status Realised 2003

Narrative Spaces



As moderators of the design

process, we mediate bet-
ween reality
and possi-
bility, using architecture
to signify the elements of the narrative.





  • DDC Award 2003
  • Feidad Design Award 2003
  • ADC Silver Award 2004
  • iF communication design award 2005
  • Corporate Design Preis 2005
  • Designpreis der BRD 2006 (nominated) 
  • BDA-Preis "Junge Architekten in Hessen" 2006
  • BDA Preis "Große Nike 2007" (nominated)


  • Bollinger + Grohmann - Engineering 3, Christian Schittich, DETAIL - Institut für internat. Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH, 2013
  • Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Nick Dunn, Laurence Kind Publishing Ltd, 2012

Own Publications

  • Diversifying Digital Architecture 2003, FEIDAD Award, Take-Off-Spatial Installation in Terminal II at Munich Airport, Bernhard Franken, Yu -Tung Liu, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2004


  • Digital Workflow 2005, Galerie am Weißenhof, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Intimacy 2003, XII International Festival of Architecture in Video, Stazione Leopolda, Florenz, Italy