WERK12, München, Deutschland Fotograf: Ossip van Duivenbode

WERK12, München, Deutschland

Forming the nucleus of the Werksviertel-Mitte district, an urban regeneration plan on a former industrial site, the 7,700m2 mixed-used development located close to Munich’s East Station stands out with its bold and expressive art façade featuring 5 metre tall verbal expressions found in German comics.

The design of WERK12 combines a simple form, honest materials, and transparent façades. Users can move around the building in multiple ways: the design’s external circulation core are supplemented by 3.25 metre wide terraces that surround each floor, connected by external staircases that curl around the building. The façade is animated by an urban art piece developed in tandem with local artists Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl, comprising bold lettering spelling out common expressions taken from German comics. This 5 metre tall lettering, and the colloquial nature of the expressions chosen, are a tribute to the graffiti culture and extensive use of signage found on the old site.

The five floors of the building are occupied by restaurants and bars on the ground floor, the offices on the top floor, and a three-storey gym in between that includes one storey dedicated to a swimming pool. A key to the design was in the flexibility of the spaces.

The building’s extra-high ceilings – 5,5 metres – allows for level changes to be added by future users, as well as the placement of the circulation on the outside of the building means that the interiors can be easily reconfigured



ARGE MVRDV & N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten BDA und Stadtplaner
Achterklooster 7

  • Jacob van Rijs,
  • Fokke Moerel,
  • Markus Nagler,
  • Roy Sieljes,
  • Jonathan Schuster,
  • Sven Thorissen,

OTEC GmbH & Co. KG

Beteiligtes Architekturbüro

N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten BDA und Stadtplaner
Winzererstraße 44

  • Christoph von Oefele,
  • Marc Hemmerich,
  • Juha Päätalo,
  • Benjamin Jaschke,
  • Marian Prifling,
Structural engineering

WB-I Wolf + Bogatic PartG mbH,

House technology

Firma: Pazdera AG, Naila Produkt: Pfosten-Riegel-Fassade von Schüco Stahlsysteme Jansen,

Heating / Sanitary

Lüftung: Ortner Anlagenbau Anlagentechnik GmbH Sanitär/Heizung/Kälte: Isoma Haustechnik GmbH TEUBER+VIEL Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energie- und Gebäudetechnik mbH,


EtroPlan GmbH,

Fire protection

IB Sascha Kaefer, Brandschutz Sprinkler: P.u.P. Feuerschutz und Anlagenbau,

Landscape architecture

Jühling & Partner Landschaftsarchitekten bdla mbB,

Architectural art

Christian Engelmann, Beate Engl,


Schwimmbad: Berndorf Bäderbau Deutschland GmbH Saunen: Klafs GmbH & Co. KG Objektüberwachung: Catterfeld Welker GmbH,


Buchstaben: Neon Lichtwerbebau Adolf Reiss GmbH,


MasterPlan GmbH,

Building physics


Facade planning

Pazdera AG,