Real estate developer Jost Hurler Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG is creating a new urban center in one of the largest inner-city construction projects of recent years. Located in the exclusive area between Leopoldstrasse and Berliner Strasse, the development is on the doorstep of central Munich while being an attractive living area in its own right.
"We are very pleased with the broad acceptance that greeted the project in the city council," said Gerhard Kanzler, Managing Director of the Jost Hurler Group. "It is going to augment, enrich and enliven the whole north side of Munich."
In addition to the architecture firm 03 Architekten, winner of the 2007 urban architecture competition, other prominent architects involved in the project will include the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Swiss architect and Düsseldorf University professor Max Dudler, and the international firm ATP Architekten und Ingenieure.
Several structures will be built on approximately 42,000 m² positioned in staggered relation to each other, creating open plazas and lanes recalling somewhat the landscape of the old Schwabing district. In the past the site has been the location of a large market and a Holiday Inn, which have formed a barrier into this part of the city.
In the architects' plan this barrier will be eliminated, opening up traffic between previously separated neighborhoods, while respecting existing structures and appropriately integrating the new ones. Three highlights make reference to the city silhouette in the surrounding area, thus rounding off the overall image.
Harmonized architectural diversity
Schwabinger Tor will of course exhibit structural/architectural integrity and visual cohesion. At the same time, having multiple architects involved will ensure that each building has its own identity and individual character.
Inspired by naturally evolving historic city centers, the idea is to create harmony out of different, yet compatible components. The project architects will work independently, subject to uniform guidelines.
"There are significant architectural precedents for this mode of collaboration," added Kanzler. "Like medieval builders' guilds or the Dessau Bauhaus, we have assembled a creative collective of master builders for the Schwabinger Tor project. These types of partnerships have always been about creating something extraordinary for the community."
Inner-city housing with superb quality of life
Schwabinger Tor will offer space for every facet of big-city living in an architecturally unique setting: living, working, shopping and going out will all be interwoven in an ingenious horizontal usage separation concept. Shops, restaurants, foyers and theaters will lend the street level a distinctly public flavor to enhance the district's urban flair. The lower floors will be res