The Forum am Hirschgarten serves as the centerpiece of a new Munich urban district known as “Am Hirschgarten”. In this role, its two buildings unite into a single sculptural entity that gives this evolving district the clarity and physical presence it needs.
A key feature of the design is the ordering principle of its façade grid, where changing parameters determine the pattern: at first glance, the seemingly rigid dominant pattern provides order for the façade and creates a correspondence between buildings of different heights. Examined in more detail, this perception changes – logic and order break down when observers note the varied materials used in different forms. On the ground floor, the grid pattern disappears entirely; almost playfully, the design adds just the right degree of disruption into the dominant pattern.
Comprising two separate buildings, the office and commercial complex provides roughly 355,000 square feet (33,000 square meters) of rental property for retail and commercial tenants; as a bold and conspicuous multi-story focal point, the complex provides local amenities for the entire “Am Hirschgarten” area. Neighboring buildings, e.g. the “Friends” residential high-rise, adopt the same ordering principle in the design of their façades and exemplify the city’s new urban character and residential quality.
Competition 2008, 1st prize
Urban Design, Retail, Office
Investor: Hochtief Projektentwicklung GmbH
Gross floor area: 57000 m²
Gross volume: 235000 m³
Servicephases: 0–5, artistic direction
Grundmann, Veit (Project Leader)
Huber, Raphael (Project Leader)
Bergmann, Sabrina (Project Leader)
bwp Burggraf + Reiminger, Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, Munich (Structural design)
Climaplan GmbH, Munich (Building services)
realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten mbH, Munich (Landscape design)
PMI GmbH Ingenieure für Bauphysik, Unterhaching 8Building physics)
Schmidt König Lichtplaner, Munich (Lighting design)