Munich’s MUCcc Arena plans move forward


New arena in Munich seems to be on track Image: Populous & SWMUNICH Real Estate GmbH

Developer SWMunich Real Estate has presented an update on its MUCcc Arena scheme in Munich, Germany to the town of Freising’s planning and design advisory board.

IQ Mag said the board praised the quality of the planning and architecture of the venue, in addition to making suggestions that will be incorporated into the climate-neutral arena project.

The design advisory board consists of experts from various disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture and members of the city council and plays a central role in ensuring the architectural and urban quality of projects such as the concert arena.

SWMunich will build and operate the 20,000 capacity venue, backed by more than €300 million of private sector investment.

Designed by Populous, the arena will be located in a new green space next to LabCampus, the technology and innovation centre at Munich Airport, with the seating to be arranged in a 270° horseshoe shape.

Populous said MUCcc Arena will deliver the ultimate entertainment venue, offering spectators a world-class experience. The multi-use arena will be a climate-neutral, flexible event space capable of hosting a range of sporting and live entertainment events.

Professor Dr Rudolf Hierl, chair of the board said, “The presentation of the project has shown us how well thought out planning and sophisticated architecture can go hand in hand.

“The concert arena sets new standards for architectural and urban quality in our region. We are delighted to be able to support this project.

“We were particularly pleased that the design advisory board praised the quality of the planning and architecture and saw great added value for the city and region.

“The further development of the project was also reflected in the positive response from the population and politicians. With the concert arena, we are not only creating an architectural landmark, but also a significant contribution to the economic and cultural future of Freising and the Munich metropolitan region.”

Populous’ winning design for the arena was selected after a multistage architecture competition.

It draws upon Bavarian heritage and character to create an eye-catching concept for the new arena, with the support structure skilfully paying homage to the lozenge shape used in the Bavarian State flag.

This instantly and clearly associates the arena with the South of Germany and creates a high recognition factor. The arena’s structure means that even from a distance, visitors can see inside the arena and get a taste of the entertainment that awaits them.

The interior design takes into account the ever-increasing demands of artistes in terms of technology, stage shows and productions. Countless details are tailored to satisfy the needs of artistes, organizers and visitors, and to provide incomparable concert and live experiences.

Munich Arena managing partner Lorenz Schmid said, “The positive response from the design advisory board encourages us in our endeavours to create a concert arena that meets the highest standards.

“The advisory board’s suggestions will flow directly into the further development of the Munich Arena concert arena to make it an enrichment for Freising and the region.”

Deloitte, the leading auditing firm, has estimated the gross added value for Freising and the region to be around €285 million per year.

In a first for Germany, the new event arena will be climate-neutral thanks to lifecycle-based planning to reduce the carbon footprint during construction and climate-positive management of the operating phase.

Several thousand solar panels on the roof of the arena and around the site, coupled with the potential for geothermal energy and district heating, will ensure that the energy for operating the arena can be generated and supplied on site.

Freising mayor Tobias Eschenbacher added, “We are proud to realise a project like the concert arena in our city, which is not only architecturally impressive, but also offers enormous economic and cultural advantages.”

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