The architectural concept for the Olympic Village is part of the city of Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. In terms of both structure and iconography, the concept positions the architecture and landscape as a logical continuation of the designs for the 1972 Olympics.
As in 1972, the concept harnesses the momentum of the Olympic bid and the opportunity it provides to create bespoke architecture befitting an event of this stature. The design of the media center rounds out the existing urban structures via three new residential buildings. Essentially acting as multi-story axes, they link the neighboring district with the Olympic grounds and prevent the urban block structure from permeating the park. The athlete housing in the Olympic Village represents a rebirth of the large-scale residential block. By embedding the residences in this attractive landscape, varying the height of the high-rises and offering a wide range of housing typologies, the complex references the 1972 Olympic Village.
The roof height tapers off toward the ends of each longer side, appearing to pedestrians as the hills and dales of a small mountain range. Thanks to this configuration, the design can also save specimen trees in the Olympic Park designated for protection. The temporary structures required for the Games are arranged in large tents with precisely drawn contours and roofs of varying heights and tilts that evoke snow-capped mountains. At night, these structures are transformed into an illuminated, three-dimensional stage set for the Olympic celebrations and can be put to other use as souvenirs after the Games.
Thomas, Katharina (Project Leader)
Gil Muñoz, Leticia
Knippers Helbig GmbH, Stuttgart (Structural design)
realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten mbH, Munich (Landscape design)
TransSolar Energietechnik GmbH, Munich (Energy planning)
Matthes Max Modellbau GmbH, Munich (Model making)
Vizoom, Berlin (Visualization)