A contemporary urban palace by Euroboden and
Architecturally unique condominiums and townhouses by David Chipperfield at Munich's Herzogpark
He is the architect of our time. After an era in which formal experiments and symbolic architectures drew attention to themselves, David Chipperfield's buildings, with their calm, rational elegance and confident presence, make statements of clarity – an approach that resonates with our times like no other. In many cases – and not only with his design's for the Neues Museum in Berlin – Chipperfield has demonstrated a remarkable sensitivity when it comes to dealing with historically significant building stock.
Count Maximilian von Montgelas had the Herzogpark built at the beginning of the 19th century, not far from Munich's green lungs along the banks of the Isar river and the English Garden. As a result, one of the city's most prestigious residential areas developed at the fringes of the elongated park, becoming home to such figures as Thomas Mann in the early 20th century. He was followed by intellectuals and industrialists – including Erich Kästner, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and Rudolf Diesel.
Today, this upper middle-class neighbourhood around the park is characterised by the rare dichotomy of being simultaneously close to nature and the city. An unobstructed view of venerable stands of trees and an easily accessible urban infrastructure are typical of this exclusive location. In addition to upscale shops and cafés, you can also find all that you need to run your everyday errands within a few minutes' walk. A stroll of less than ten-minutes takes you to urban Lehel or the English Garden.
The design of the building takes up and reinterprets the historical typologies of its surroundings. The historic Munich Stadtpalais ('City Palace'), already speaking a proportional and material architectural language inspired by its surroundings, finds its contemporary counterpart here. Like its neighbours, this new build stands in the centre of its property lot surrounded on all sides by a private garden. In contrast to the historical buildings, this contemporary 'city palace' houses diverse residential units that traverse the building's entire area: spacious flats as well as two three-storey townhouses with their own gardens – like two small villas within a larger one.
The qualities of the interiors here are spectacular. An extraordinarily spacious, two-storey entrance hall captivates with a clear, reduced design language that finds correspondence in the harmony of its choice materials. All apartments open outwards in three directions and offer a central living room and two loggias, one of which faces the park and the other the house's garden. Floor-to-ceiling gullwing doors that open flush with their embrasures create seamless connections between rooms and permit extended visual axes. Along these perspectives, as well as through the large windows and via loggias that can be opened up completely thanks to accordion-folding doors, view of the lushly green nearby parkland becomes an integral part of your experience of home.
In line with the concept of the upper middle-class salon, each apartment has an open fireplace in the central living area. High-quality material composition with wide timber floorboards of oiled oak and natural Pietra dei Medici stone characterises the apartments' overall picture and offers a harmonious addition to the ever-present green of the park and gardens.
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