»A great village community with real Venice potential« – the Gasteig's neighbours at HP8

»A great village community with real Venice potential« – the Gasteig The four creative partners from Designliga: Philipp Heitsch, Saša Stanojcic, Andreas Döhring and Christina Koepf (from left to right) GMG/Benedikt Feiten

Neighbours are the people who are most likely to surprise us, with inspiring stories and undreamed-of talents hidden away behind every front door. We want to get to know our future neighbours and we don’t want to wait until the Gasteig moves to HP8. This time we are dropping in at the Design Liga and joiner Hans Murr – tantalised by aromas of wood, paint and coffee.

A great village community with real Venice potential: a location check from the team at Designliga

If you took a look behind the front door at Designliga, you probably wouldn’t believe your eyes. The team of designers, consultants and architects have dedicated blood, sweat and tears to turning the former warehouse into a stylish showcase.  With comfortable armchairs, a modern kitchen and a courtyard tucked away behind the building, this is the perfect place to work and play.

»The Isarphilharmonie is a project that we can all benefit from. The focus is on offering creative experiences at a fair price. What matters is what’s inside. Put like that, we believe that Gasteig HP8 will be an absolute sensation!« Philipp Heitsch, Designliga

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A look inside the creatively designed office

You’ve come up with a concept for the signage to make it easy for visitors to find their way round Gasteig HP8. How do you see this working?

Being able to navigate is a basic human requirement; we need recognisable patterns so that we can get our bearings. An effective guidance system doesn’t blend into the background; it has to stand out so it’s easy to see. We’ve used the same font and a standard colour scheme to make sure that visitors to Gasteig HP8 can easily spot our 700 individual signs and find their way around the site.

What’s going to be the most attractive spot?

Being able to sit near the water while you eat or drink is definitely going to be great and we’re really looking forward to seeing everything that goes on in the Piazza. It could be just like in Venice, where the Piazza San Marco is heaving, but if you just go a few streets further, you can find something just as attractive. People who like exploring will be able to discover the corners that are more tucked away. From a more sentimental planning perspective, it would be great to link the Isar canal more strongly with the rest of the site. It’s barely a stone’s throw away, watching the water flow past is really calming, and it’s lovely and cool in summer. Walks around the Flaucher riverfront park really should start from Gasteig HP8.

What does this site mean to you all?

We’ve built up a real professional and personal network in the community during the ten years that we’ve been here. Pilates sessions help if you’re feeling down and if your blood sugar is low, then one of the amazing chocolate bars from Senjak tyre dealers will put you right. It’s like being in a village; there are so many different people here whose lives and professions are intertwined with this site and that crazy combination is what appeals to us. Whatever your problem, you can find a solution here – or at least an answer.

What are your thoughts about the Gasteig’s arrival?

Culture is very close to our hearts, so we’re looking forward to meeting lots of exciting new people!

Master joiner Hans Murr really appreciates the supportive community

Since 1999, Hans Murr has spent an insane number of nights working in his joinery, on jobs including building portable bar tables for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaften (German touring car championships). These days, the master joiner takes things a little easier and spends his time showing trainees how he creates items out of wood – for example, music stands for Gasteig’s musicians.

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Surrounded by wood and sawdust: Hans Murr likes the variety of his work

Pretty soon, the new concert hall next door will be bringing lots of wood to life. What are your thoughts about the Gasteig moving in?

Generally speaking, we’re all pretty happy about it. Even though I’m not that interested in culture, I still think that craft and art can have a mutually beneficial relationship.

What’s your relationship with your neighbours here on the site?

We all help each other out. Clemens Bachmann Architects get the blanks for their models from me, for example, and I’ve also worked with the guys from Coat’n Cast to fit out vehicles. That involved visiting the TÜV vehicle inspection centre, just a few metres away in the vehicle workshop, which is really handy!

And you have an amazing amount of space here!

Although I’m the main tenant in the joinery, there are actually six self-employed people based here. There’s a paint shop in the basement and  office space upstairs on the first floor. We have all the tools here that you need to repair furniture: planers, wide-belt sanders, circular saws, edge grinders, a veneer press, modern CNC machine tools, and so on. This is a great place to be – it would have been awful if we’d had to move!

Interviews and text by Maria Zimmerer
Photos: Benedikt Feiten

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