N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten und Stadtplaner
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Munich’s Ostbahnhof train station, a former industrial part of town is being
turned into the new «Werksviertel Mitte». After being the production site of
the Pfanni brand potato products, it temporarily became the «Kunstpark Ost».
Now, the district is being transformed into a, lively new urban neighbourhood. In the
past, the potatoes for the Pfanni production used to be stored in WERK 7. To
regulate temperature and humidity, the hall was equipped with an ingenious
ventilation system in the floor, the walls and the roof. It also had sluiceways
to transport and wash the potatoes. These structures define the hall to this
day and give it its unique character. The hall
was renovated and «got into shape» as a multifunctional event venue with just a
few modifications. In addition to putting in place fire safety measures, refurbishing
the concrete, removing any asbestos and integrating the necessary building
services for events, the building envelope was renovated. The corrugated fibre
cement, which contained asbestos, was replaced with a corrugated metal façade.
The graffiti on the concrete base is constantly painted over by renowned
graffiti artists – a piece of art that is continually evolving. The ridge
turret was given profile glazing and a green light installation. Potatoes do
not germinate in green light; the light is therefore a symbol of the building’s
history that is visible from afar, while the renovated ventilation flaps also
have a very practical function, namely to make the building cooler by night and
get rid of smoke. The old
porch was demolished and replaced by a new one which serves as the entrance
area for the hall. Two large dormers were also added to act as focal points on
the façade and as a shop window to the outside world. The hall
was designed for different uses and can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors.
Currently, WERK 7 is used as a musical theatre.