Balanstrasse, Haus 14 + 26, Munich, Germany

Haus 14 + 26 is the latest completed project of the ever expanding Neuen Balan Campus, Munich. In 2007 Allgemeine Sudboden Grundbesitz AG started to enlarge the campus by renovating existing buildings and developing new ones, since then the campus has attracted a varied range of tenants from IT to fashion.

dpa were appointed by Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner Architects in 2015, who had previously designed multiple buildings on the campus, to produce a lighting scheme for the facades, exterior social spaces and the lobbies for Haus 14 + 26.

Haus 14 + 26 are two large buildings that are physically joined together with a link bridge and although the two buildings needed to be unified we treated each building individually in terms of the lighting application. Haus 14 is very striking with concealed linear LED lighting wrapping around the protruding glazing and the slab edge at each floor level has been illuminated with an internal detail, carefully coordinated with the architect and manufacturer, which can be viewed externally. The columns in between the glazing have been lit with in-ground recessed uplights and this is continued onto Haus 26 which provides a rhythm to the architecture and ties the two buildings together, the overall appearance of Haus 26 is intentionally more subtle.

The artwork applied to the link bridge in between Haus 14 and 26 has been illuminated from both sides with a vertically mounted LED light source recessed with an architectural detail, creating a focal point and drawing the attention of passing pedestrians and vehicles to the main entrance underneath the bridge.

When entering either Haus 14 or 26 you are greeted by a large foyer space. Masculine materials have been used and where the concrete meets the bronze metal panels the junction has been defined with a concealed lighting detail. The low glare ceiling recessed downlights create a bright and welcoming space.

dpa are currently working with Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner Architects on several other projects on the Neuen Balan Campus, including Haus 27, which will sit alongside Haus 26.

Client: Allgemeine SÜDBODEN Grundbesitz AG
Architect: Norbert Weickenmeier and Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner Architects
Electrical Consultant: ITG
Photography: Stefan Müller-Naumann