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UNStudio scoops contest to design Munich tower

Amsterdam-based UNStudio has won a competition to design a mixed-use scheme in Munich

The practice beat Danish stars BIG Architects and Berlin-based Juergen Mayer H Architects to the Baumkirchen Mitte project.

UNStudio worked with OR else Landscapes on the design for the 18,500m² residential and office complex, which features a 60 metre-high tower.

The practice said foyers, lobbies and meeting areas were used to stamp an identity on the office space while offering maximum flexibility for users.

Meanwhile, flexible accommodation types were used alongside variable floor plans in the residential areas.

Outdoor spaces vary in scale and form an integral part of the apartments.

The roof garden incorporates vegetable gardens, systems for rainwater harvesting, composting and beekeeping areas.

Co-founder Ben van Berkel said the façade had an important role to play.

‘The horizontal bands, which wrap and organise the building, present a sober articulation from a distance,’ he said.

‘However, as you get closer to the building, you discover a refined scale of intricate, complex detailing.’

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