Competition BRAINLAB

3rd prize

When Munich's commercial airport was relocated from Zeppelinfeld to Riem in 1939, the site on the outskirts of the city became an important global address for Munich. The tower served as an important symbol for the place of longing that is an airport. This is one of the reasons why even after the relocation of the airport, the so-called Wappenhalle and the tower were listed as relics.

The importance of this global location has even increased due to the relocation of the international trade fair in Riem. Yet the current entrance situation to the so-called Messestadt is surprisingly unsettled. A tower without any reference to the urban space in a wide gravel area suggests an important welcoming building. Yet the tower was never a solitaire, never a campanile, but always the cornerstone of a large building. The Tower is also important for the future user as a sign of the company's development from the Munich location. It has immediate significance as a global location.

The building has a dimension appropriate to both the historical and the new urban space. Similar to the neighbouring buildings of the trade fair centre and the new hotel that is being built, it can depict the vastness of the trade fair city. The storey-high façade sections of the building are designed in accordance with the size of the building and its significance. These run around the entire building according to the typology of the meander.

However, the façade elements are varied according to their location, their functions and the specifications that determine them, e.g. budget, specifications of the development plan.