UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich

UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich

UNStudio has been announced as winner of a competition to design a 60-meter residential and office tower in Munich. Planned to be the “focal point” of the Baumkirchen Mitte development, the project will feature 13,000 square meters of “neutral” office space that promotes “flexibility” and “creativity” as well as 5,500 square meters of contemporary apartment units that each share a strong, private connection with the surrounding landscape.

Read on for the architect’s description...

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Courtesy of UNStudio

New Work 

Concentrated individual work, brainstorming sessions and impromptu meetings are fast becoming part of contemporary work culture and require spaces and layouts that can respond flexibly to these new demands. In UNStudio’s design neutral spaces, such as foyers, lobbies and meeting areas are used to establish the identity of the building. The design combines both zones that guarantee maximum flexibility for varying combinations of users and exclusively designed areas that provide spaces for communication and creativity.

UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich - Windows, Facade
Courtesy of UNStudio

New Living

Changing demands and expectations in contemporary living form the starting point for the residential areas within UNStudio’s design. Flexible accommodation types are incorporated which afford variable constellations and offer the possibility to combine adjacent units. In addition, flexible floor plans enable a variety of configurations in the apartment layouts, thereby directly addressing the specific and individual needs of the residents. 

UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich - Stairs
"Living in the open". Image Courtesy of UNStudio

Outdoor spaces vary in scale and form an integral part of the apartments. The living experience is therefore not confined to the dwellings alone, but instead begins as you arrive at the building and enter the circulation areas. Thereafter it extends into shared and private outdoor spaces. This extension of the living concept stimulates interaction between residents and creates a balance between activated public spaces and the need for privacy


Ben van Berkel: “In the design for the facade of the building we chose for an articulated sobriety, incorporating contrasting scales of detail. The horizontal bands which wrap and organize the building present a sober articulation from a distance, however as you get closer to the building you discover a refined scale of intricate, complex detailing.”

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Courtesy of UNStudio

The facade design reflects the duality of the program, with two contrasting materials defining the look and feel of the building. Bright metal forms the background, lending the structure a contemporary and light aesthetic, whilst the contrasting use of wood affords the building the appearance of a custom-made furniture piece for the urban space.

UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich - Facade
Courtesy of UNStudio

A Sustainable Living Landscape

The remaining traces on the location of a previous rail yard form the blueprint for the structure of the roof gardens. The linear frameworks in the landscaping of the gardens accommodate fields of kitchen gardens and play areas, as well as rows of ornamental grasses and flowering perennials and are inspired by the spontaneous vegetation of the track fields. Through the integration of vegetable gardens, systems for rainwater harvesting, composting and beekeeping areas the roof garden becomes more than just a recreation area. It additionally plays an important ecological role by contributing to a sustainable living environment.

The sustainability concept for the complex is based on a requirement specific application of different types of façade, while reducing active technical building components.

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Courtesy of UNStudio
  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Wouter de Jonge, Jan Schellhoff and Elisabeth Brauner, Abhijit Kapade, Grygorii Zotov, Steven Reisinger, Derrick Diporedjo, Mick Heijkens, Jürgen Heinzel, Patrick Noome
  • Client

  • Landscape

    OR else Landscapes, Breukelen, NL
  • MEP & Sustainability

    Werner Sobek, Stuttgart, DE
  • Fire

    HPP Berlin, München, DE
  • Building Volume

    47716.0 m3 (BRI Above Ground)
  • Building Site

    3820.0 m2
  • Area

    18500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of UNStudio
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Area

    18500.0 m2
  • MEP

    Werner Sobek, Stuttgart, DE
  • Sustainability

    Werner Sobek, Stuttgart, DE

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "UNStudio Selected to Design Baumkirchen Mitte Tower in Munich" 22 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/451355/unstudio-selected-to-design-baumkirchen-mitte-tower-in-munich> ISSN 0719-8884

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