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Service Centre Theresienwiese, Munich

2002 – 2004

The service centre was not to be interpreted as the first structure on the Wies'n field which had been kept free for centuries. Instead, it was to be merely an infrastructure device for the Oktoberfest. During the festival it needs to show its function, and in the months in between it must be well secured to protect the precious technical facilities on the inside.
Like a bar of copper, the building unassumingly crouches on the field with its precise and simple shape, and the material of its outer facade makes it blend like a chameleon into the colours of the Theresienwiese.
The only aspect of the building's copper facade which reflects its inner structure is the surface pattern of closed and perforated copper sheeting. The cladding all around the building means that all areas which can be reached from the field are protected. Only the inner court-yards, which are not accessible from the outside, have extensive windows.
The outer appearance of the building changes when it is in use. Three large gates, which are raised when the centre is in use, clearly mark the three public entrances to the building.

German facade prize 2005
German architecture prize, Commendation 2005
Copper in Architecture - Award Europe, Commendation 2005
TECU Architecture Award, 1st prize 2005

Limited realisation competition 1st prize 2002
Team Juergen Rustler, Petra Wäldle

Client State Capital of Munich

Occupants Police, Bavarian Red Cross, Stadtwerke Munich GmbH (Munich Municipal Works), Regional Administration Office, Department of Health and the Environment, Social Services Department (Youth Welfare Office), Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations

Start of planning – completion 2002 – 2004

For performance phases 1 – 8

Total costs €13.0m

Usable floor area 2,200 sqm

Design team Alexander Böhme (project management), Madina v. Arnim, Babette Schumacher | Construction management Birgit Knicker, Helga Blocksdorf, Michael Schmid, Manuela Jochheim | Aichner Kazzer Architekten, München (Site supervision)

Landscape architect Pregler, München


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