We participated in a competition for Garching Science City, a masterplan for the transformation and extension of the 185 ha campus area in the north of Munich. The aim of the masterplan was to combine the dynamism of the existing scientific institutions with the excellent local conditions to create a globally recognised science location in which high-quality living and working emerge alongside the research and educational institutions.
Given the current absence of any urban quality, our masterplan proposed three stages of programmatic repair – firstly to use the future Mensa building in Campus North as a focal point around which other amenities and services can gravitate; mediocre landscaping into a network of courtyards and gardens with diverse and changing use; secondly to re-organise the existing P+R facilities in Campus South and introduce a new, landmark mixed-use building at the southern end of Bolzmannstrasse; thirdly, to re-develop the Bolzmannstrasse in Campus Mitte as a lively ’event strip’ to show-case the talents of the TUM faculties and research institutes.
To establish a strong, overarching spatial identity, we proposed a new landscape framework that clarifies the existing layout of clusters, transforms the current landscaping into a network of courtyards and gardens, and enriches these spaces with attractive activities. The result is a differentiated network of building volumes and open spaces.