The Dutch firm MVRDV conceives this multipurpose building as a new nucleus of the Werksviertel quarter, an industrial area close to the Ostbahnhof station, in the Eastern part of Munich, that the Federal State of Bavaria wishes to turn into a district for art and culture.
Rising at the heart of Knödelplatz square, the building will be in constant dialogue with the surroundings, opening up in all directions through a transparent facade that exposes internal goings-on. Reinforcing this, the circulation elements surround the building and create a public route from the square to the top horizontal slab. They also serve to connect the 3.25 meter terraces on every floor, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
The free heights between slabs are 5 meters and this is used on the facade to place huge letters, evoking the graffiti-inspired culture of urban art. So the building spells out universally understood German interjections extracted from the jargon used on the Internet and in SMS messages.
Because of its location in an area undergoing transformation, the project addresses demands for flexibility, in view of future changes. The building is to open in 2019 with a health club, bars, restaurants, and offices.
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