Caruso St John Architects

Location: Munich, DE
Client: Bayerische Hausbau
Project Status: Competition, first prize; Ongoing project

Caruso St John won this commission for housing in the south of Munich in an invited competition organised by the city. The project is part of the redevelopment of the Paulaner Brewery site, where a number of architects will design parts of the masterplan. The 36,000 sq m new building on Welfenstrasse designed by Caruso St John will provide 300 apartments for both private sale and social tenants, along with a crèche, kindergarten and retail units on the ground floor. The site is being developed by the Munich-based housing developer Bayerisches Hausbau.

The new building of 6 stories, rising in parts to 8 stories, forms a large city block, giving a clear definition to the surrounding streets and enclosing a large courtyard with a park landscape. The facade along Welfenstrasse follows the shallow curve of the street, and is also shaped with shallow bays that reflect the organisation of the apartments around regularly spaced stair and lift cores. The street level entrances, and the facades 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.