New Altstadtring city parking

Underground car park under the Thomas-Wimmer-Ring

The WÖHR + BAUER company is building a public underground car park that will replace the outdated “Fina parking garage” under the Thomas-Wimmer-Ring. As part of a competition, architects were invited to develop concepts for the surface design of this prominent urban space in Munich.

On Friday 31 January 2014 the jury, consisting of councillors, district committee members and specialists, voted for the winner of the competition.

The entry from landscape architect/urban planner Stefanie Jühling and Steidle Architekten convinced the jury with a coherent concept, exciting materials, innovative technology and a colourful homage to the neighbouring Museum Fünf Kontinente.

“The winning design takes the underground car park, a necessary piece of infrastructure, and transforms it into a partially transparent, extraordinary and charismatic piece of urban furniture”, commented Wolfgang Roeck, Managing Director of WÖHR + BAUER GmbH. The team also submitted a ground-breaking proposal for the new pedestrian underpass through the underground car park.

The car park is designed with elegant access ramps and stairways matching the surroundings. To ensure noise protection the ramps will be adequately insulated on all sides. Thanks to the use of filigree ornamental bronze metal, the glass construction has a unique look. The extraordinary visual effect is enhanced by subtle lighting art mounted between the glass and ornament plates. At dawn and dusk, the subtle pattern creates the impression of an apparently weightless structure. Illuminated with modern, energy-saving LED technology, it resembles the famous glowing façade at the Angerhof which was implemented by WÖHR + BAUER.

Landscape architect Stefanie Jühling commented on her design: “We deliberately chose an urban approach. So far the Knöbelblock has a rather unappealing setting. With the organisation of the new squares a coherent system is created in the city which improves the quality of the public area and invites people to linger. “The historic façades of the Knöbelblock are emphasised by the succession of trees thus raising awareness for the building”.

The full presentation by Stefanie Jühling is available as a pdf download here.

A total of five architectural offices had submitted designs for the competition. Keller Damm Roser Landschaftsarchitekten/Stadtplaner together with Hild und K Architekten came in second place.
Download the pdf file here.

In 2007 the City Council decided to replace the outdated FINA car park at Hildegardstraße with an underground car park at the Thomas-Wimmer-Ring to create more space for retail, restaurants, culture and living in the old part of town. By relocating the car park directly to the Altstadtring, the city expects traffic in the neighbourhood to be significantly reduced. After WÖHR + BAUER was awarded the project, the design competition for the Thomas-Wimmer-Ring was initiated in November 2013.

Number of parking spaces: 520
Start of construction: planned for beginning of 2016
Construction period: approx. 2.5 years



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