The two »Friends« high-rise apartments at the Hirschgarten in Munich are the perfect example of how urban living is changing, not only in the clear identity of the façade style, but also through the architectural implementation of a sharing concept as a future-proof living model.
Transformation as a design principle – »Friends« high-rise apartments
»Friends« high-rise apartments at Hirschgarten
Birketweg, 80639 München/DE
Client + Project development:
LBBW Immobilien Capital GmbH, Stuttgart The Fuentes Hernández family
Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, München/DE
Implementation planning + Façade design:
a+p Architekten, München/DE
Feldhaus Fenster + Fassaden GmbH & Co. KG, Emsdetten, Heidersberger Fassadenbau, Greven (working partnership)
bwp Burggraf + Reiminger Beratende Ingenieure mbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
PMI GmbH, Unterhaching
At first, living was not in the planning criteria of the 2008 design competition's winning concept from Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, but a proportional usage option for the two adjacent buildings on the area specified as a mixed and core zone. As part of the »Am Hirschgarten« urban development project, it initially appeared expedient at this site to expand the adjacent new residential area to include new urban infrastructure with a centre consisting of retail stores and offices. One year after the competition, the effects of the economic crisis led to a change in the office market situation in Munich. Investors became more cautious and the need for office space stagnated, and so the construction of the office towers planned in the competition and other buildings on the south site was put to one side. It was only in 2012, when the huge shortfalls in residential construction in Munich became increasingly apparent and the success of the Hirschgarten city district with its forum infrastructure was clear to see, that people began to look into the possibility of a partial residential construction on this site. On the basis of market analysis initiated by the developer, LBBW Immobilien Capital GmbH, a sharing concept was developed as a model for future living. When transforming it into a suitable architectural concept, the architects perfected the cores of the development including the necessary technical elements, in order to create a more flexible, spatial range of living units that are optimally lit.
All residential units are organised efficiently around the central service core, the so-called »cube«, which provides the kitchen, bathroom and other uses. There are common rooms in both towers. This efficient overlap of private and communal space is based on the urban fundamental ideal of future-oriented city living typologies. Each living space is visually maximised into the surrounding city by means of floor-to-ceiling façade units and folded oriels, enabling far-reaching panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape.
Text: Uta Leconte
Fotos: Brigida González, Myrzik & Jarisch and Schüco International KG