The project was to expand the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, built in 1876.
Coop Himmelblau's design concept is based on the idea of transforming the three different urban spatial systems which come together on the site: the axial system of Leopoldstrasse / Akademiestrasse with its stately buildings; the structure of Schwabing, developed over time with its small-scale, differentiated buildings; and the garden areas of Leopoldpark and Akademiegarten with their historical trees. The open configuration of buildings locked together produces a sequence of transitory spaces between the park and urban spaces: the glass facade as a media membrane, the gate to the Academy, the inner court, the studio terraces as the connecting link and gate to the park.
Diagonal ramps and gangways connect the functional areas of the various parts of the building and thus the different departments. In this way, an energized complex is created, which corresponds ideally to the diversity of creative activity. The art school extension houses painting studios, sculpture studios, a media workshop, photography studios and a print workshop.
-- Coop Himmelblau (http://www.coop-himmelblau.at)
Budget: 19.7 Mil Euro
Client: Freistaat Bayern, Germany
Client Representative: Staatshochbauamt MÃ¼nchen 1, Germany
User: Akademie der bildenden KÃ¼nste MÃ¼nchen, Germany
Structural Engineering: Planungsgruppe Brachmann, Munich Germany
Keywords: Germany, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Muenchen. Submitted by Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelblau after the Spring 2005 KSA Lecture Series.