A work of the Dutch firm MVRDV, this multipurpose building harboring restaurants, bars, offices, and a gym has opened its doors in Werksviertel-Mitte, an industrial area near the Ostbahnhof station, in east Munich, that the federal state of Bavaria plans to turn into an art and culture district.
In the heart of Knödelplatz, the complex is in constant dialogue with its surroundings, opening up in all directions through a transparent facade instead of concealing the activities unfolding inside. The circulation elements contribute to this discourse by embracing the building with a public walkway that ascends from the square to the top slab, while connecting the 3.25-meter balconies on each floor, blurring the lines between indoors and out.
The clearance height between slabs is 5 meters, and the facade takes advantage of this through huge letters evoking graffiti-inspired urban art culture and spelling out interjections frequently found in German cartoons.
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