Posted: Aug 26, 2014
When BMW opened the BMW Brand Store in Brussels back in March 2014, it was one of its kind in the world. First BMW Brand Store was opened in London in 2012, followed by Paris More hints.
Today, the Brussels store has been acknowledged for the utmost design and technology oriented brand stores in some of the top locations in the world. This store has been awarded by the German Design Council with the Iconic Award 2014 in the category “Interior Design Retail” (“Best of Best”).
BMW Brand Stores are an element of the BMW Group’s Future Retail program, which aims to enhance the customer experience and set new retail standards in the automotive industry and beyond. It is part of the BMW Group’s response to changing customer needs and expectations. For example, the Brussels Brand Store showcases a set of BMW i models displayed, assuring the visitors of BMW’s direction in creating fine environment friendly vehicles and allowing them to fully experience what the BMW i philosophy is all about.
“Brands have to be experienced,” says Dr. Steven Althaus, head of Brand Management BMW and Marketing Services BMW Group. “Conventional showrooms are giving way to platforms which encourage communication and enable experience. Our interior concept combines architecture, design and technology to create a new form of brand presence. This fundamental vision of successful modern presentation has now been recognized by the Iconic Awards.”
BMW Brand Store in Brussels is laid across 1,500 m2 of fine interior space that is dominated by attention to detail, technological advancements and a stunning showcase of what BMW and its products stand for in the market today. The attractive design of the exhibition space invites visitors to linger, while the latest presentation technologies encourage interaction with products and brand. Visitors are able to visualize the configuration of a vehicle on an oversized screen called the Virtual Product Presenter (VPP), for example.
Regularly changing exhibitions with different themes and installations provide insights into the different worlds of the BMW brand. More than 50,000 people have visited the Brand Store in Brussels since it opened in March 2014 with the “BMW i – eMobility” exhibition. The current “M Power & Motorsport” exhibition, which runs until early September 2014, has proved another success.