C.F. Møller Architects wins international competition in historic part of Munich, Germany
The site is called MK7 and it is part of an old industrial site which is being transformed into a new trendy and urban area.
- MK 7 is an important project for us, as it is the studio's first winning project in Munich. But also because the project is based on a transmission of many of the urban qualities we have humbly developed and improved through our work with our Nordic projects - where work meets leisure and creates communities between the inside and outside in a new and interesting way, Mads Mandrup, Partner, Architect maa.
Vibrant and flexible
In the heart of Werksviertel-Mitte, Munich, close to the city center, the MK7 creates a vibrant and flexible workplace in a unified building, capable of offering an exciting blend of offices, culture, entertainment, and shops.
Expressed through a transparent building with a strong connection between the in- and outside, the MK7 building connects with the surrounding community, in a permeable, lively, and engaging fashion. The architecture manifests itself as a large unifying grid structure, with a distinct curvy signature, inspired by the former rail tracks of the Werksviertel, that opens towards a common pedestrian zone in the area.
Energetic city space
To integrate the surrounding neighborhood, the ground level is abundant with retail opportunities, flexible office spaces, and co-working facilities, all placed in a double-height space with a public and open arcade in the centre of the building. Transparent and visible entrances to all sides amplify the building's ability to create a connection between its varied content and the surrounding city space, helping the building to become a new destination in the city. The upper part of the building consists of four office floors around a zig-zag configuration, were open and a flexible office landscape inner loops around a series of external green courtyards in various heights. Internally, three cores create connectivity between the office floors and towards the base of the building.
The courtyards contribute both in bringing the daylight into the large floor areas of the building and maximizes microclimatic qualities throughout the entire massing of the building while contributing positively to drastically reducing the heat island effect.
The overall building grid is made by prefabricated elements internally and in facades, both to reduce building time and construction cost, and add passive shading through a relief like façade structure to the large window sections. Sustainable materials, like recycled concrete and aluminum, are implemented in the building.
Current projects in Germany by C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects has recently won two other projects in Germany. The expansion of the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Berlin (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit, BMU), and the new Headquarters for the visionary German bank Berlin Hyp. The firm is also working on housing, healthcare and masterplanning assignments in Germany and has had an office in Berlin since 2019.
The MK7 competition was held by Patrizia Deutchland and the invited teams were:
• C.F. Møller Architects
• Allmann Sattler Wappner
• Henning Larsen
• Müller Reimann
Client: PATRIZIA AG. Collaborator: Nordland Arkitekter and CL Map. Engineering: WB-I Wolf+Bogatic PartG mbB and IBF Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH: Landscape: Jühling & Partner Landschaftsarchitekten bdla mbB.