Munich, Germany 2013–2020
Client: Bayerische Hausbau Competition, first prize
Caruso St John Architects won this commission for housing in the south of Munich in an invited competition organised by the city. The project was part of the redevelopment of the Paulaner Brewery site, where several architects designed parts of the master plan. The 36,000 m² new building on Welfenstrasse provides three hundred apartments for both private sale and social tenants, along with a crèche, kindergarten and retail units on the ground floor.
The new building is six storeys high, rising in parts to eight storeys and forms a large city block, giving a clear definition to the surrounding streets. It adopts a typology typical to Munich of a block with a large shared garden enclosed at its centre.
Apartments are configured in groups of two and three around a stair and lift, with most planned as through flats with an aspect to the garden and the street. All the flats have large projecting balconies. Entrances are on the street sides, with connections at the ground floor to the garden side. The block also includes a kindergarten with a playground. The façades are made with painted render: Green on the street side, and yellow on the garden side.
The façade along Welfenstrasse follows the shallow curve of the street and is shaped with shallow bays that reflect the organisation of the apartments around regularly spaced stair and lift cores. The street-level entrances, and the façades in green render above, have been carefully designed to give this large building a scale and detail that is appropriate to the proportions of the street. The internal cores lead to shared roof terraces and all apartments have balconies onto the quieter side of the courtyard.
Munich's cityscape is characterised by coloured rendered facades
Construction has completed on Caruso St John's Paulaner housing in Munich. The 36,000m² new building on Welfenstrasse provides three hundred apartments for both private sale and social tenants, along with a crèche, kindergarten and retail units on the ground floor.
Bayerische Hausbau GmbH & Co. KG
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Timo Keller (2015–2017), Bernd Schmutz (2013–2015)
Astrid Smitham, Martin Pasztori, Thomas Back, David Brotherton, Will Pirkis, Isabel Ramseier, Paula Schilliger, Andreas Schmid, Ben Speltz, Joy Sriyuksiri, Barbara Thüler, Steffi Wedde, Emily Keyte
Vogt Landschaft GmbH
DBLB Planungsgesellschaft mbH
Zilch+Müller Ingenieure GmbH
HLO Elektroplanung GmbH
Kurz + Fischer GmbH