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City district Domagkpark in Munich

A new city quarter spanning 24 hectares with abundant open spaces is growing on the former military compound of the radio barracks in Schwabing in the northern part of Munich. A spacious park forms the heart of the new urban quarter, where some 1,800 residential units (50% publicly funded) in various building types, as well as shops, restaurants, community facilities, schools, student residences and sports facilities, have been built since 2013. The project site for the proHolz Student Trophy 2022 competition is located on the eastern border of the residential quarter in the area of the three-wing, U-shaped building of the former barracks on Margarete-Schütte-Lihotzky-Strasse, next to the five polygonal apartment buildings by wagnisART; the building’s so-called Domagkateliers - art courtyard - offers space for expression to creative professionals and artists. The urban studio building houses 101 studios available to artists on an alternating schedule and an exhibition space.

A tower-style multi-storey wood building with a height up to the high-rise limit, its top floor level 22 metres above ground level, is planned to complement and accentuate the historical studio building. The floor space of the new building should be at least 1,400m2. The contrast between new construction and building stock, between the tower and the existing three-storey studio building introduces tension into the topological morphology; a sensitive approach to integration into the urban fabric and the surrounding city quarter is fundamental to the design project.
The constellation of new and existing structures must allow for the preservation of the open space in the compact courtyard, creating a smooth functional transition with an intersection between the uses of the two buildings. The relation between the new structure and the existing former barracks must be apparent from the design.

  • Interdisciplinary approach to project work in planning teams from the fields of architecture and civil engineering, as well as specialisations contributing to planning such as fire protection, building physics and building technology (at least 2 students per team).
  • The main purpose of the design project is to create affordable housing, as well as a lively street-level zone that offers added value for the occupants and integration into the neighbourhood based on local conditions, e.g. coworking spaces, small business spaces, repair shops, retail spaces, coffee shops, meeting points, etc.
  • Efficient use of floor space, compact and well thought-out floor plans, smart flat types that provide flexibility during the building’s lifecycle, flat sizes from 30-90m2 for various user groups. Open spaces for the building occupants that also contribute to climate mitigation in the urban context (overheating in summer, air quality). Access areas that make economic and functional sense, accessibility, escape route planning and proposals for fire protection.
  • Building systems and logistics: The construction method is wood construction or hybrid wood construction. Prefabrication of elements with a suitable degree of standardisation and systematisation. Emphasis on a production process optimised throughout (lean production), from production of the elements in the factory and transport to assembly logistics on site. Sustainable use of resources (circular economy), bearing in mind dismantling of building components during the planning process.