Dutch Architects MVRDV connect past to present in Munich

MVRDV introduces a radical approach to a former industrial site with WERK12, a transparent 9,600m2 mixed-used development located close to Munich’s East Station. The project, commissioned by OTEC GmbH & Co. KG, connects past to present, a new innovative and expressive building for sports, work, gastronomy, and entertainment emerges from a former manufacturing site. An expressive lettered glass façade by artists Engelmann and Engl allows a dialogue with its surroundings with completion set for 2019.


WERK12  is located on a former industrial site in Munich’s new emerging area, Werksviertel, close to the historic city centre and right next to the city’s east railway station. The new building draws inspiration from its industrial heritage, a former Pfanni food factory and will become part of a lively and dynamic urban district.

Commissioned by OTEC GmbH & Co. KG as part of a 40-hectare urban regeneration masterplan to create around 1,200 new homes and up to 7,000 new jobs, the building will offer loft-style offices, restaurants, a skyline swimming pool, sports facilities and day to night time entertainment. The new Concert Hall Munich will be located in Werksviertel Mitte in the coming years.“WERK12 is totally unique and entirely new for Munich and is a strong contrast to the historic centre just ten minutes away”, says Jacob van Rijs, MVRDV co-founder.

“It is a flexible and completely user adaptable building with spaces that can transform over time with bold and expressive texts on the façade are visible from a distance. This transparent building becomes a new focal point on the new Plaza that will form the heart of the Werksviertel.’’

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