Competition Winner Announced for Pension Fund HQ Tower in Munich
Munich, Germany 15 April 2019
David Chipperfield Architects has won a design competition to create a new Munich headquarters for the Bayerische Versorgungskammer public sector pension fund.
The 112,000-square-meter building will be built on the site of a former Siemens production facility in the Bavarian capital’s Bogenhausen district.
Chipperfield said the practice’s winning design is a “structural ensemble” made up of three large volumes, the tallest element of which complements existing high-rise buildings on Richard-Strauss-Straße (street).
In the plan, a slender construction rises above a concrete base. “The structure remains visible through the building’s fully glazed façade, creating an intriguing sense of depth,” Chipperfield said. Two public squares are designed to resemble “clearings” in the adjacent Denninger Anger park.
The firm, which designed the award-winning Amorpacific Headquarters in Seoul, (2019 CTBUH Best Tall Building: 100-199 meters) was founded in 1984 and has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.
The project was worked up by the practice’s Berlin office, in conjunction with landscape architect Atelier Loidl and engineer Arup Deutschland.
Competition organizer Strabag Real Estate said second place in the competition went to Hadi Teherani Architects of Hamburg and third place to the Munich architecture firm Steidle Architekten. Also, on the 12-strong shortlist were Switzerland’s Max Dudler and Berlin-based Müller Reimann Architekten.
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