Büro- und Geschäftshaus Sendlinger Str.

The office and commercial building planned by Hild und K Architekten, was erected in the heart of the protected ensemble of Munich’s Old Town. The construction closes a gap in the streetscape left after the War, which had to date been filled more or less provisionally by a two-storey building. A particularity of the construction site – a “bend” in Sendlinger Strasse affects the perimeter block development – was to become the main inspiration for the design of the façade by Andreas Hild, Dionys Ottl and Matthias Haber. A relief of horizontal “folds” picks up the “curve” in the exterior wall. At the same time a relationship is created to the neighbouring buildings through plinths, attics and frames. The building seems chiselled out of the self-supporting in-situ concrete; an impression enhanced by the hand-crafted surface structures of the material – ranging from smooth to bush-hammered and nidged. Harmonious proportions in this very narrow street view of only nine metres length are achieved by having the windows become shorter the further up the building they are. The bronze hues of the window frames and fall protection railings match the concrete façade, whose sandy colour is created by using specific aggregates.

The narrow building site is very deep, reaching approximately forty metres to the back. To ensure natural lighting in the offices on the upper floors, areas opening towards a neighbouring plot were left open from the second floor upwards, thus creating quiet patios for the offices facing away from the street. From the fifth storey upwards, the offices are designed in maisonette-style and take up only about a third of the building depth. The remaining roof area is utilised as a terrace and service areas. The basement, ground floor and first floor are home to a retail area covering approximately 800 square metres. A void over two stories at the entrance creates a spectacular spatial experience. The offices are accessed separately via a passageway between Sendlinger Strasse and Kreuzstrasse.

The idea of folds which determine the design of the façade has also become the leitmotiv for the interior design. In innumerous variations, it determines handrails, guard rails or door panels and even the tiles in the sanitary facilities. Here, too, the materials used and their hand-crafted finish are at the centre of attention. In the stairwells, steel, brass, bronze, and natural stone were used. The atmosphere in the offices is determined by oak, glass and exposed concrete.