Competition for sustainable urban district development in Munich completed
Completion of the urban planning and landscape architecture competition for Munich's city district Eggarten-Siedlung
- Büro Studio Wessendorf and Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten, both from Berlin, win urban planning and landscape architecture competition to develop the Eggarten-Siedlung in the Munich district of Feldmoching
- The aim is to develop a sustainable ‘district of short distances’ – a model for cooperative residential construction, climate protection, mobility and energy
- Public exhibitions of competition results to be held from 23 July to 9 August 2020 at the Isarforum in Munich (open daily from noon to 8.00pm)
Munich, 22 July 2020 – The prize winners of the competition for urban planners and landscape architects in relation to the Eggarten-Siedlung in Munich’s Feldmoching district have been announced. From the 14 entries submitted, the jury headed by architect and urban planner Professor Markus Allmann awarded first place to Büro Studio Wessendorf of Berlin in partnership with Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, also of Berlin. Second prize went to the Swiss office Ernst Niklaus Fausch Partner AG of Zurich together with Hager Partner AG and Amstein + Walthert, both also based in Zurich. Third place was awarded to Büro Palais Mai GmbH of Munich and Grabner Huber Lipp Landschaftsarchitekten und Stadtplaner of Freising. Special mentions went to Behnisch Architekten of Munich with Treibhaus Landschaftsarchitektur of Hamburg; Tovatt Architects of Stockholm with Sweco Architects of Gothenburg; and West 8 urban design & landscape architecture of Rotterdam.
Between 23 July and 9 August 2020, public exhibitions will be staged at the Isarforum on Museumsinsel to highlight the competition entries of the three prize-winners, the three special mentions and the other participating offices.
The competition was organised by CA Immo and Büschl Unternehmensgruppe, the two landowners. Their objective is to transform Eggarten into a forward-looking and sustainable model district for cooperative residential construction, mobility, energy and climate protection.
The main task of the competition as regards concept was to devise a guiding theme for the Eggarten-Siedlung while demonstrating how diversity, density and high quality open space could be reconciled on the site. Participating offices were also challenged to address the special features of the locality and incorporate or develop existing structures through bold solutions and self-contained urban planning and landscaping concepts.
The participating offices started work for the competition early in October 2019 and submitted their results at the end of February 2020. The jury had been scheduled to convene in April 2020, but this was held over to 17 July due to COVID-19. The results of the competition will now form the basis for consideration by the Munich city council and future land use planning. The project sponsors are aiming to complete this process in the course of 2023. The Eggarten-Siedlung will be completed in building sections, with the first occupants unlikely to take up residence before 2025.
“A robust concept for a diverse urban structure was derived from the existing site with great subtlety”
The jury explained the decision behind its first prize award as follows: “The concept impressed us with its simple urban structure of interlinking blocks. The authors skilfully incorporated the basic orthogonal structure of the existing gardens. This will enable many of the existing trees to be sustained, giving the quarter its character from the outset. The squares, divided into small sections to retain trees, will give rise to a green and multifaceted district. Thanks to scaled and nuanced open spaces, authentic sites for non-residential ground floor usages are created. Consistent positioning of all parking spaces in three garages on the outskirts of the district will produce a traffic-calmed network of multi-modal routes in the inner zone. The authors eschewed an interior public park in favour of small and lively local squares. Some aspects of the design required revision in view of climate ecology and immission control. That said, operational energy performance is persuasive.” The jury believed the design amounted to “a robust concept for a diverse urban structure derived from the existing site with great subtlety”.
The future Eggarten-Siedlung will serve as a model for Munich
The basic outline resolution and the decision by Munich city council to draw up a development plan in July 2019 were based on a structural concept devised by the state capital of Munich in partnership with the landowners CA Immo and Büschl Unternehmensgruppe. Plans were duly drawn up to build in the range of 1,750 to 2,000 apartments for the future Eggarten-Siedlung. The district will serve as a model for Munich: as many as half of the apartments in the Eggarten-Siedlung will be constructed by associations (a first on this scale for private developers). This will create Munich’s biggest cooperative residential district since the Second World War, building on the history of Eggarten’s former Siedler-Genossenschaft.
To this end, the landowners have already reached an agreement with GIMA München eG, an affiliation of 32 cooperative and non-profit housing associations in Munich. The shared aim of the three partners is to work together intensively to create a forward-looking and flourishing new city district. For example, all project sponsors will make financial contributions to networking within the quarter and the mobility concept.
“We will work with the landowners to deliver quality to the quarter”, says Christian Stupka, Director of GIMA München eG. “Our aim is to create a joined-up, socially intact quarter where everything is a short distance away, a district that runs itself and brings the best out of its environment.” A school, daycare centres, retail outlets, playgrounds, cycle paths, sports grounds and social facilities to promote neighbourliness are planned for the Eggarten-Siedlung.
Model quarter for climate protection, energy and mobility
In the light of climate change, the future Eggarten-Siedlung will also need to be a model district in terms of energy efficiency, with a climate-friendly energy supply, a high proportion of renewable energy, green architecture and the most energy-efficient buildings possible. All of this will help to minimise exhaust gas emissions and ensure a healthy urban climate. The aims of the mobility concept for the new district are similar. To complement the public transport system, new mobility concepts will encourage residents to live without private cars; given the short distances of the quarter, people will be able to switch to walking, cycling, public transport and sharing options. Taking local garages into account, the district will be largely car-free. The advantages of devoting less space to car traffic will actively improve the quality of life in public areas.
“The winning design drew inspiration from the naturally evolved greenery of the area; it incorporates many trees as well as existing buildings”, says Stefan Ondracek, head of planning permission at CA Immo in Munich. “We will establish an open district of neighbourhoods where people can interact. The draft of Studio Wessendorf also effectively facilitates the planned 50:50 division between the two owners and the associations.”
“A place that was previously reserved for the few is one that we are now opening up to the many in Munich – as a place to live, a green space and a place to meet and shop locally,” says Ralf Büschl, managing partner at Büschl Unternehmensgruppe. “We are delighted to be pursuing this aim with the city of Munich and realising rent-controlled apartments together with the associations. This is a fully future-proof model.”
Themed evenings with best-practice examples for the model district
In the exhibitions of competition results, the landowners CA Immo and Büschl Unternehmensgruppe, together with GIMA München eG, will invite attendees to three chaired evenings dealing with different themes at the Isarforum. Examples of best practice taken from completed residential districts will be presented, thereby highlighting the model character of the future Eggarten-Siedlung.
Wednesday 29 July 2020, 7.00pm: “Green space, biodiversity and energy efficiency: how a city district can conserve the climate”
Dialogue with Silvia Gonzalez (Head of Urban Greenery at Green City e.V.), Peter Schmidt (Director of Isarwatt eG) and a representative of the landowners
Wednesday 30 July 2020, 7.00pm: “Neighbours linked by short distances: how to make an urban district flourish”
Dialogue with Christian Stupka (Director of GIMA eG), Heidrun Eberle (Managing Director of Ackermannbogen e.V.), Mara Roth (Director of the Prinz-Eugen-Park association for district organisation) and a representative of the landowners
Wednesday 5 August 2020, 7.00pm: “New mobility, less traffic, short distances: the city after the car”
Dialogue with Sonja Rube (Managing Director of USP-Projekte), Christian Bitter (Project Manager, mobility concepts for the housing industry at STATTBAU München GmbH) and a representative of the landowners
Each themed evening will start at 7.00pm and end at approximately 9.00pm. Owing to COVID-19, personal registration by email is required (firstname.lastname@example.org). Social distancing rules will restrict the number of participants at each event to around 40. The themed evenings will also be streamed live via www.eggarten-siedlung.de. More information on the project will be provided there.