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Munich Urban Colab


Animation für das zukünftige Munich Urban Colab im Kreativquartier  Link öffnet eine vergrößerte Darstellung des Bildes.
Rendering for the new Munich Urban Colab
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UnternehmerTUM and City of Munich present winning architectural design

(12.6.2018) Steidle Architects and contractor Hochtief are building the MUNICH URBAN COLAB in the city’s creative district. In the competition held by UnternehmerTUM and the City of Munich for the design of the new business creation centre, the renowned Munich firm of Steidle Architects was the clear winner.

The plan is for Munich's new innovation and business creation centre, with its focus on Smart City solutions, to be built in the creative district by 2020, and it will cover an area of more than 11,000 square metres. "With this construction project, UnternehmerTUM and the City of Munich are pursuing high social and international standards. "We want to be world leaders in the development of innovative solutions for the city of the future," says Susanne Klatten, Chairwoman of the Board of UnternehmerTUM.

By the middle of the century, according to United Nations estimates, around 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. This enormous growth is raising questions that have to be answered: how can an efficient energy supply be created? How can ecological damage be minimized? How can urban mobility be intelligently managed? These challenges can primarily be overcome with new technologies, and only through interdisciplinary cooperation. This is why, for the very first time, startups, established companies, creatives and scientists from various industries and disciplines will all work together on Smart City solutions under one roof - at the MUNICH URBAN COLAB.

"Munich needs innovative companies that co-develop solutions for the smart city of the future. Start-ups need a location at the heart of the city where they can network with all stakeholders and receive comprehensive advisory. The MUNICH URBAN COLAB offers the perfect space for this, and represents a big step forward for Munich’s business creation landscape. We’re already looking forward to the opening", says Deputy Major of the City of Munich Josef Schmid.

Munich Urban Colab, renderings

Innovation-friendly architecture

The winning design by Steidle Architects underlines the goals and aspirations of the MUNICH URBAN COLAB in an outstanding manner. It is atmospheric and functional at the same time. The building offers a high degree of transparency and plenty of space - ideal conditions to enhance the process of innovation. The bright  and open interior spaces are inviting, and perfect for communication. In the MUNICH URBAN COLAB, the restaurants and the attractive conservatories are ideal locations for an exchange of views and ideas, and for encounters with creatives and the neighbourhood. In terms of urban integration, too, the award-winning design for the MUNICH URBAN COLAB blends in harmoniously with the well-established and lively city district with its public park and its monuments.

A modern take on industrial architecture

The architecture is based deliberately on classic industrial buildings. "The building quotes the supply office of the Gebrüder Wassili and Hans Luckhardt, which was demolished in the late 1980s but, in our view, should have been retained as a listed building," says Johann Spengler from Steidle Architects. Despite its historical echoes, the new building conforms with the very latest standards due to its modern and sustainable construction.

In addition to offices, seminar rooms and a prototype workshop, the MUNICH URBAN COLAB will also feature an event area for meetings and exhibitions. A café, two conservatories and a sports and fitness room enhance the work-life balance and are also ideal for meeting up and networking.

The competition

To find the best possible architecture for the MUNICH URBAN COLAB, UnternehmerTUM and the City of Munich decided to hold a competition. Architects and building contractors throughout Europe were invited to take part in a general contract award procedure. Eight applicants were chosen from a total of eighteen, and out of those final eight, a jury of experts from politics and architecture chaired by Professor Thomas Jocher decided clearly in favour of the design proposed by Steidle Architects and Hochtief. The City of Munich is making the site available on a leasehold basis, and UnternehmerTUM is assuming the costs for construction and operation of the new building.

All the designs for the MUNICH URBAN COLAB are on display until 29.6.2018 at the Department of Labor and Economic Development of the City of Munich, Herzog-Wilhelm-Strasse 15.

UnternehmerTUM Center for Innovation and Business Creation at TU München

UnternehmerTUM offers founders and startups a complete service from the initial idea to IPO. A team of experienced entrepreneurs, scientists, managers and investors supports founders with the development of their products, services and business models. The experts accompany them actively with building up their companies, market entry and financing – also via Venture Capital. XPRENEURS supports high-tech teams in early stage business model development. The accelerator programme TechFounders coaches technology startups over a period of 20 weeks up to an initial venture round, and paves the way for joint ventures with established companies. For industry partners, UnternehmerTUM is a unique platform for cooperation with new companies, and for expansion of their innovative strength and culture.

Covering 1500 square metres, ‘MakerSpace’, Europe's largest publicly accessible high-tech workshop, enables companies, startups and creatives to produce prototypes and small batches using state-of-the-art machines such as large 3D printers.

UnternehmerTUM was founded in 2002 by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. With more than 50 high-growth technology start-ups each year and its unique offering, it is the leading center for business creation in Germany.