Urban Living Room

Farah Benaddi
Hongmao Shi
Pinwen Su
Professur
Nachhaltige Entwicklung von Stadt und Land
Projektarbeit

Large patches of Munich’s city fabric are quite homogenous city-block structures, public parks, historic center, but sometimes you hit spots and seams where typology and functional program seem to clash. The friction at these spots and seams is especially challenging for future design proposals. The International Studio focused on a plot in Munich Obergiesing and Ramersorf-Perlach, where detached houses stand side-by-side with apartment complexes, vast supermarket areas are facing offices and small industrial areas; new developments arise next to underutilized sites.
What are possible visions and design answers for lots laying in-between these patches of seemingly contradictory program? How can the fragmented area be transformed and further developed to create an integrated, open and lively neighborhood for everyone?

Every day, the urban form and architecture of the city structure our daily journey. These architectural qualities influence the way we live and our participation in the environment in which we live. How building structures can be created to contribute of a high quality and density in exterior and interior spaces?

The project proposes an activation of the area, from a polar corner to another, by the creation of a large main path. The route consists of two perpendicular streets, each conveying a distinct atmosphere, joined at the center by a large public square and a cultural center, future landmark of the neighborhood.
The first axis – Aschauer Strasse – is being refurbished and redeveloped as its main functions are being reinforced through an architectural intervention. The street now presents itself, within the project, as a strong boulevard and working sector with factories, workshops as well as office spaces.
The second axis – a pedestrian friendly street joining Aschauer Strasse and Balanstrasse – meets the first axis at a great joint, the main plaza of the area, a place for gathering and leisure, where events can be hold. This street, including the cultural center, consists of 4 architectural developments and welcomes a great variety of uses and users.
The Great Street project also focuses on the creation of break times, moments of pause – plazas, squares and courtyards that act as urban living rooms. This urban philosophy, addressing the human’s need of balanced social interactions in the city space, sits at the center of this design.

View on the community center
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien.
Master plan | Concept area
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien
Ground Floor Plan | Focus area | The Great Street Project
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien
Section through the focus area
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien
Model | Concept area
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien
Model | Focus area
München, 2020. Farah Benaddi, Hongmao Shi, Pinwen Su, Alexandre Therrien