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Karl Schwanzer
Schwanzer’s most famous building: the BMW high-rise in Munich, 1972/73, used under CC00

Karl Schwanzer was celebrated internationally as a star architect in the sixties and seventies. His name may be little known outside architecture today, but buildings such as the Belvedere 21 museum in Vienna and – not to be forgotten – his emblematic BMW four-cylinder company headquarters in Munich are all the more so. After studying architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, he founded his own office in 1947. In 1959, he became a professor at the TH, where he trained a large number of now internationally renowned architects over a decade and a half. Over the years, he created more than 600 buildings and projects. In August 1975, Karl Schwanzer took his own life at the age of just 57.

From February 16, the extraordinary (german) film by Max Gruber “Er flog voraus. Karl Schwanzer, Architects’ Poem” (ndion of November 14, 2022) will now be released in German cinemas. To be marveled at is a portrait of a vitalist that is as informative as it is multifaceted, in which the crème de la crème of Austrian architecture, as well as the current CEO of BMW, comment on Karl Schwanzer and his architecture. Not only historical footage gives an impression of the person of the exceptional architect, but also play scenes in which the castle actor Nicholas Ofczarek brings Karl Schwanzer to life in various roles. A treat for architecture aficionados.

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