Competition 1971 – 1st prize
Design Volkwin Marg and Andreas Sack
Project partner Rolf Niedballa
Client Federal Republic of Germany
Construction period 1975-1979
Gross floor area 81,000 m²
Supported by a change in the type of glazing, the central building section separates and connects the two angled office wings. This glazed bridge, which affords a view of the Isar river and the city of Munich, contains the escalators while the ground floor includes a public pedestrian passage. All areas frequented by visitors are on the ground floor of the two wings. As the building is divided into small-scale flat-roofed sections and the two higher wings, the overall impression is that of diversity. The special configuration is enhanced by the location on the Isar and the extended park. Its aesthetic restraint in terms of colours and materials unintentionally contrasts with the building’s multiformity, varied landscaping and planting as well as with the many works of art displayed inside.