The New Gasteig: Planning for the Future

The New Gasteig: Planning for the Future The »glazed bridge« whets visitors’ appetite for culture even before entering the building HENN

More light, more air, more open spaces: The preliminary plans for the New Gasteig by Munich architects Henn has been completed and presented to the supervisory board of Gasteig München GmbH. So what are the key features of the future Gasteig? Here are some of the main elements of the renovation and remodelling plans.

Glazed, open architecture as a bridge to culture
The Gasteig is becoming more transparent. Parts of the brick façade will be replaced by glass surfaces. Visible from afar, the »glazed bridge« will connect all existing parts of the building, bringing the various Gasteig institutes even closer together. It signals that the Gasteig is open for everyone and, as a vibrant meeting place, it forms a bridge to the city.

Activity space for all
The new design invites Munich’s citizens to make the Gasteig their own. Rather than just offering culture, the New Gasteig aims to encourage everyone to realise their full potential. Wide staircases and open spaces invite visitors to participate. The planned Speakers’ Corner on the corner of Rosenheimer Straße, for example, will provide an open platform for all. A wide arena staircase invites visitors to sit down, take a break and listen.

A focus on cultural education
In future, cultural education will play an even bigger role in Europe’s largest arts centre. To facilitate this goal, the remodelled building will house a 900 square metre space on street level with arenas, labs and adjacent childcare facilities.

More comfort, convenience and visibility for the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM)
The entire Gasteig will be interconnected and transparent, with disabled access throughout. The University of Music and Performing Arts Munich will also have a greater presence in the New Gasteig. Students, teaching staff and the public will experience much improved comfort and convenience, with rooms becoming more transparent and a new circulation hub providing clear orientation.

Inviting reception hall with new forum for the Volkshochschule
There will be a central information desk for all visitors to the Gasteig. The new layout of the entrance area will create additional space, for example for the new forum of the Münchner Volkshochschule on the first floor. Visible from outside the building, this new Gasteig auditorium will provide a platform eminently suited for debate.

More space for encounters in the City Library
The Munich City Library will become an even more attractive meeting place and will invite visitors to linger in the newly created areas that are free of commercial outlets. Thanks to the library’s modernised automatic media compilation system, books and media can be borrowed around the clock. The plans also include a rooftop café with a magnificent view of the city.

The redesigned multifunctional Carl Orff Hall
Thanks to its new »folding floor«, the Carl Orff Hall will become a multifunctional space. With a capacity of up to 800 visitors, it will play host to congresses, cinema, dance events, pop, jazz and chamber music. With its high ceiling, the room has excellent acoustics, much to the delight of its new house ensemble, the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO). The MKO will also have both its rehearsal space and its administrative headquarters at the New Gasteig.

Superior acoustics and an up-close concert experience in the new Philharmonic Hall
Steeper tiers near the stage, a large ceiling reflector and a clever arrangement of tiers will provide an impressive sound in the Philharmonic Hall. The acoustic concept was penned by Yasuhita Toyota. Numerous LED arrays on the ceiling create a magical atmosphere, forming a cloud of light above the audience.

Rooftop restaurant with panoramic view
Literally a high point of the remodelled Gasteig will be a new vantage point on the roof of the Philharmonic Hall. High above the Isar river, it will offer an impressive view of the city. Open to all visitors, it will also host a small rooftop restaurant.

The next steps towards the New Gasteig
The preliminary plans were completed on schedule at the end of June 2020 and remain within the budget of 410 to 450 million euros set by the Munich City Council. If the City Council gives the green light, the project can enter the design development phase as scheduled. You can find detailed background information on the renovation of the Gasteig and the arts centre’s move to its temporary Sendling site here (in German):

»A lot of ideas have gone into this project. All those involved are pleased with the result, which takes into account cultural and educational needs for decades to come. Now we want to infect as many people in Munich as possible with our enthusiasm!« Gasteig boss Max Wagner

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