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In the heart of Munich's old town, the last big gap on Maximilianstraße left by the Second World War is now being closed with the redevelopment of Marstallplatz. The inspiration for the project is derived from the compactness and interlocking complexity of old European cities: urban flair is not contained inside buildings, it unfolds outdoors, in newly created precincts and spatial situations. The complex consists of three separate and highly individual structures, each with its own specific form of use: the rehearsal and operations building for the Bavarian State Opera, the Maximilianhof as a new office building with a leafy inner courtyard, and the Bürkleinbau conversion with its historic facade on Maximilianstraße as a modern retail and office building, with its backfacing facade entirely of glass.
The square Maximilianhof includes a small patio and integrates an historic columned hall, revealing itself to the public eye as if through a glass curtain. Above this are bright and airy office storeys with floor-to-floor glazing.
Together with the adjacent State Opera, both buildings form the framework for the new rehearsal building with its four large auditoria, library areas, workshops and administrative premises. With their distinguished finishings, the auditoria gleam out of their translucent envelope, giving a hint of the excitement inside. Between the buildings, new links are being built and public spaces created, and what they offer will incorporate Marstallplatz fully into Munich's urban and cultural life. Marstallplatz itself will have a truly unique character: surrounded by some of Munich's most important cultural institutions, it will provide a forum for open-air events of all kinds, thus giving the city a further lively point of focus.
Investor Palos Immobilien- und Projekt-
entwicklungs GmbH
Architects Gewers Kühn & Kühn
Start of construction 08-2001
Completion 08-2003
Site area 13,062 m²
Floor area 30,000 m²
Use concept (lettable area)  
Office premises + storage 15,000 m²
Retail / catering premises 5,300 m²
Rehearsal stage building in line with the Opera's requirements
User Bavarian State Opera and leasing
G. Dreyer Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Bernadottestraße 28, 14195 Berlin, Tel +49 (0)30/310120-02, Fax -08,