Fünf Höfe (Five Courtyards)
The FÜNF HÖFE CityQuartier saw the architectural renewal of a historic area in a surprising location – the heart of Munich. A free-standing building in the old town, previously closed to the public, was completely redesigned and remodelled by international architects Herzog & de Meuron, Ivano Gianola and Hilmer & Sattler, who created an ensemble that is a perfect mix of art and commerce. Herzog & de Meuron’s design was inspired by and reinterpreted the historic courtyards of the nearby Residence Palace. Contrasting with the covered shopping arcades, alternating open and covered spaces reinforce the presence of the outside world.
The arcades and courtyards offer space, transparency and rich variety: places that invite visitors not only to shop but also to unwind. The vaulted ceiling of Prannerpassage, for example, is covered with glass sequins that shimmer and sparkle, while shop windows project from the walls like glass display cases. In Salvatorpassage, which is bedecked with woven wire mesh, plants hang deep into the arcade. The space in between them allows daylight to filter through to the ground. By contrast, a glance up to the ceiling in Perusahof is rewarded with dazzling mirror effects.
Further variety can be found in Viscardihof, where an eight-tonne stainless steel sphere hovers overhead.
The colours of nature are a key design element of the FÜNF HÖFE CityQuartier. The changing seasons are reflected in the lush greenery of the arcades and courtyards, whose differing hues create a unique ambience as the months go by. Precisely because of the downtown location, nature’s play of colours is unexpected and always presents something new.
(text from project's website)
Contributed by ArchiTeam
Located in the bustling metropolis that is Munich, FÜNF HÖFE benefits from excellent public transport links.
Underground, bus and tram connections are a short walk away and offer comprehensive access to the wider city and its environs. All suburban rail lines and underground lines U3 and U6 stop at nearby Marienplatz. Also nearby is Odeonsplatz, a central hub for underground lines U3, U4, U5 and U6. The 53 bus and N33 night bus also stop there. The 19 tram and N19 night tram stop at the National Theatre and in Theatinerstraße, right outside the door.
Main railway station
The FÜNF HÖFE CityQuartier has direct transport connections to Munich’s main railway station via the municipal rail stations in nearby Marienplatz. The journey takes just two minutes.
Munich Airport is within direct reach of FÜNF HÖFE via municipal rail lines S1 and S8 in neighbouring Marienplatz (journey time approx. 40 minutes). There is also a shuttle bus to the airport from the main railway station, which is a two-minute journey from Marienplatz via all municipal rail lines.
There are various car parks available in the immediate vicinity of FÜNF HÖFE. These include:
* Max-Joseph-Platz (National Theatre)
* Am Rindermarkt
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