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Coop Himmelb(l)au

The extension to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, provides the original 1876 building with much needed additional space. At the same time, Coop Himmelb(l)au’s new architecture has revolutionised the whole context of which the Institute is part, integrating the city’s three distinct urban spatial systems that converge on the “Steinbaracke” plot where the new extension rises. The three areas comprise the axis formed by Leopoldstrasse/Akademiestrasse with its monumental buildings; the Schwabing, a neighbourhood of diverse small buildings; and the parks and gardens of Leopoldpark and Akademiegarten whose ancient trees are today protected by landmark conservation status.
The new project comprises two and four- storey buildings with solid, weight-bearing walls and steel truss cantilevered structures. The irregular configuration produces a succession of openings and passages...

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