Completed in 2019 with co-architects N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten, WERK12 forms the nucleus of Werksviertel-Mitte, a formerly industrial area close to Munich’s East Station that is regenerating into a key district for creative industries, leisure, and more. The mixed-use building containing restaurants and bars, offices, and a three-storey gym with a pool, stands out thanks to its bold and expressive façade featuring five-metre-tall lettering. This urban art piece was developed in tandem with local artists Engl&Engelmann who, expanding on MVRDV’s proposal to add lettering to the façade, selected verbal expressions found in German comics to give the project a playful attitude.
WERK12 has also been named best new building in Germany, winning the DAM Preis, the most prestigious architecture award in Germany.
Design MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
Design Team: Jacob van Rijs, Fokke Moerel, Markus Nagler, Roy Sieljes and Jonathan Schuster
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Pavlos Ventouris and Kirill Emelianov Partners
Co-Architects: N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten BDA, Munich
Artwork commission: Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl
Images: MVRDV @ossipvanduivenbode
Structural Engineering: Wolf +
MEP: Teuber + Viel