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Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

Germany Architecture News - Aug 2, 2019 - 00:20   1577 views

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled the masterplan proposal for the Paketposthalle (Parcel Post Hall) area in Munich, Germany. The 87,000-square-metre design scheme outlines a holistic concept that would incorporate landscape, infrastructure and housing. 

The overall masterplan will envisage an urban, inner-city quarter with a mix of housing, business premises and spaces for social and cultural activities. 

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

The Paketposthalle [Parcel Post Hall] is a historically listed 19,000-square-metre landmark building from the 1960s, will become the centre of a new quarter. Jacques 

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

"The Paketposthalle is an extraordinary example of engineering, which will be open to guests and the residents of Munich in its new function as a place of culture and encounter," said Jacques Herzog. 

"It will become the nucleus of a new, dense and mixed neighbourhood like the one in the centre of the city."

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

This new district hub will be clearly marked and widely recognisable as part of the urban landscape: the masterplan envisages placing two towers of around 155m high, with a geometric form derived from the sweeping curve of the Paketposthalle roof, thereby creating a specific point of reference within the city.

Around the hall, there will be a district of six-storey courtyard buildings, which will offer space for housing and commercial use. The studio draws a flexible urban typology that will form a dense urban context that contrasts with the scale of the hall and towers.

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

Herzog & de Meuron releases masterplan for Munich's Paketposthalle area

The Paketposthalle will continue to be used as a postal facility until around 2023. In the meantime, a development plan setting out the legal framework will be devised for the new quarter.

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