MVRDV celebrated the completion and opening of WERK12, a in a ceremony held yesterday evening. Forming the nucleus of the Werksviertel-Mitte district, an urban regeneration plan on a former industrial site, the 7,700㎡ mixed-used development located close to Munich’s East Station stands out with its bold and expressive art façade featuring five-metre-tall verbal expressions found in German comics.
The design of WERK12 combines a simple form, honest materials, and transparent façades. Users can move around the building in multiple ways: the design’s external circulation core on the building’s northeastern side is supplemented by 3.25-metre-wide terraces that surround each floor of the building. These are connected by external staircases curling around the building to connect these generous open spaces (a playful reference to one of MVRDV’s most famous early projects, the Dutch Pavilion at the Expo2000 in Hanover). This public route up the building blurs the distinction between interior and exterior, placing the interior spaces in conversation with exterior balconies. These are additionally finished in the same material as the ground-level sidewalks to emphasise their status as part of the public area of the building.
当地艺术家Christian Engelmann与Beate Engl合作设计了建筑外立面别具特色的字母装饰，它们拼出的是德国版唐老鸭漫画的常用口语表达词汇。这些高5米的字母是对涂鸦文化和旧址上鲜明的标志牌的致敬。夜晚时，建筑外观因灯光而改变，建筑表面仿佛上演一出灯光秀。
The façade is animated by an urban art piece developed in tandem with local artists Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl, comprising bold lettering spelling out common expressions taken from the German version of Donald Duck comics. This 5-metre-tall lettering, and the colloquial nature of the expressions chosen, are a tribute to the graffiti culture and extensive use of signage found on the old site. At night, the appearance of the building is transformed by its illumination strategy. Simple geometries and honest materials morph into a vibrant lightshow.
The five floors of the building are occupied by restaurants and bars on the ground floor, the offices of Audi Business Innovations on the top floor, and a three-storey gym in between that includes one storey dedicated to a swimming pool. WERK12’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls, combined with its location near to the train station, provide the upper levels with stunning views towards central Munich, punctuated in places by the lettering on the building’s terraces – many of which take on a new meaning when read in reverse.
A key to the design was in the flexibility of the spaces. The building’s extra-high ceilings – with 5.5 metres between each floor – allows for mezzanines or other level changes to be added by future users. The placement of the circulation on the outside of the building means that the interiors can be easily reconfigured, while also providing structural stability through the use of the diagonal staircases.
MVRDV的创始合伙人Jacob van Rijs说道：“Werksviertel-Mitte地区已经从土豆工厂变成了颇有名气的休闲娱乐区域，我们希望通过WERK12尊重并庆祝这段历史，同时也为下一阶段的发展打下基础。WERK12是一座很有风格的建筑，但另一方面它又不把自己看得那么严肃——它不怕对路人说‘噗’!”
“The area of the Werksviertel-Mitte district has already undergone such interesting changes, transforming from a potato factory to a legendary entertainment district,” says founding partner of MVRDV Jacob van Rijs. “With our design, we wanted to respect and celebrate that history, while also creating a foundation for the next chapter. WERK12 is stylish and cool on one hand, but on the other it doesn’t take itself so seriously – it’s not afraid to say ‘PUH’ to passers-by!”
Project Name: WERK12
Location: Munich, Germany
Client: OTEC GmbH & Co. KG
Size and Programme: 7,700㎡ Mixed-Use (Gym, Bars and Restaurant, Offices)
Co-Architects: N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten BDA, Munich Artwork commission: Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl Structural Engineering: Wolf+ MEP: Teuber + Viel
Founding Partner in charge: Jacob van Rijs
Partner/Director: Fokke Moerel
Design Team: Markus Nagler, Roy Sieljes, Jonathan Schuster, Sven Thorissen
Visualisations: Antonio Luca Coco, Kirill Emelianov, Pavlos Ventouris
Strategy and Development: Jan Knikker
Artwork commission: Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl
Structural Engineering: Wolf+
MEP: Teuber + Viel
Images: Ossip van Duivenbode
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)