Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 385 5757
10 May 2023
Munich, Germany, May 10, 2023 – Yesterday, the Paketposthalle team successfully presented the updated plans for the Paketpost-Areal and the two towers to the Commission for Urban Design in Munich. The commission members welcomed the planning by a majority and gave the green light for further development.
The transformation of the heritage-listed parcel post hall opens a unique opportunity to create a public space for all Munich residents, a place for everyone. The area has one of the most attractive urban development potentials in the west of Munich. A sustainable, urban neighborhood is to be created here with distinctive mixed uses, a neighborhood with a high quality of life, where people live, relax, learn, work and shop.
The project is informed by a participatory process, which is a valuable enrichment for planning. For example, input from the citizens’ report was recently integrated into further design work. A new neighborhood park will create more green space, and an optimization of the basement will create additional unsealed, non-subterranean areas on the site. The whole quarter and especially the high-rise buildings offer a wide range of uses. The potentials of a CO2-minimized construction method are constantly being optimized, so the towers, as well as the other buildings, are to be realized in timber construction.
The current further progress of the development plan takes up the recent mandate of the city council to explore facade variants for the two high-rise buildings and to consider alternatives to the two inclined elevators.
The position and design of the two 155-meter-high towers clearly relate to the architecture of the parcel post hall. The concave sides of the towers turn towards each other and form an ensemble with the hall around a common implied space. From the central square, two external elevators located in the façade provide access to the tops of the two public towers, from which there is a unique view of Munich and the surrounding area.
The sculptural form of the two high-rise buildings is derived from the striking arched geometry of the hall and at the same time takes up the sinusoidal profiling of the roof. This creates walkable balconies that give the towers their lively and animated architectural expression.