SAP Garden at Munich Olympic Park
by 3XN Architects
The contract for building the new multipurpose sports arena on the site of the former Olympic cycling track stadium in Munich Olympic Park was awarded to 3XN Architects of Copenhagen, Denmark, together with Latz + Partner, a German landscape and urban planning firm. The sports arena, with match seating of up to 11,500, will be the future home of German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich and German ice hockey champions Munich Red Bulls.
To improve the local sports infrastructure for schools, amateur clubs and young talents, three additional canopied ice rinks will be built next to the sports arena as training facilities and for recreational use. Therefore, a comprehensive agreement on guaranteed opening times for the ice rinks has been closed with the City of Munich. The building owner of the project is Red Bull Stadion München GmbH.
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SAP Garden will replace the Olympic Velodrome at the same place.
The new sports arena is a separate oval structure that naturally and respectfully melds into the world-famous Olympic Park with its many iconic buildings. This impression is enhanced by the green roof and vertical facade structure.
The facade is dominated by vertical lamellas, swinging upwards over the glass-paneled entrances which are thus beautifully accentuated. The training areas are partially underground and modelled to form a green hill, picking up the topography and enabling a coherent continuation of the pathways and landscape design of the Olympic Park.
The Behnisch approach
The new multipurpose sports arena will be the fourth arena project for 3XN Architects. ”During the design process, we continually thought about the park’s original design and asked ourselves how Günter Behnisch would have approached the task. It was important to us to create a flexible, multipurpose arena with a strong identity while respecting the history and vision of the original Olympic Park and fitting in quite naturally. ”
The groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the coming winter. Inauguration of the new sports arena is planned for late summer 2021. Utilizing the arena’s full organizational capacity, its two principal future occupants, FC Bayern Munich’s Basketball division and the Munich Red Bulls, can each play up to 40 matches per year. And there is additional capacity for up to 20 other matches and sports events as well as 20 sports-related events. The gross floor area of SAP Garden will be 673,000 square feet (62,500 square meters).
Clients and future users of SAP Garden are very much in agreement with the result, also and especially in connection with the Olympic Park.
Red Bull GmbH: “The design unites economic viability, sustainability and energy efficiency. That is why 3XN Architects’ design was the best among many great entries.“
Uli Hoeneß, President, FC Bayern München: “I’m impressed by how the architects of the winning design managed to incorporate the visual character of the legendary Olympic Park. The new arena will be much more than a top-modern sports hall where fans, athletes and our basketball team will feel comfortable. I’m sure that this sports arena with its compelling design, including the green roof, will be an architectural eye-catcher and a great gain for the city of Munich.”
For the City of Munich, the special agreement to make the ice rinks available to its citizens for 8,000 hours each season presents a unique opportunity to create excellent skating conditions for schools, clubs and the general public. The sports arena will help strengthen the Olympic Park’s position as an outstanding venue for both professional and grassroots sports in Munich.
Facts and figures
- Gross floor area 673,000 sq. ft. (62,500 sq. m.)
- Audience capacity up to 11,500
- Three canopied ice rinks
- Underground parking garage at the sports arena with 220 spaces (an additional 4,000 parking spaces are available at ‘Parkharfe Olympiapark’)
- Approx. 1,000 business seats
- 11 VIP boxes with approx. 156 seats
- Fan shops
- Office and conference facilities
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Johannes Bühlbecker, founder
Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.
- Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
- Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
- Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
- International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
- Trade fair and congress organisation
- Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
- Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
- Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
- Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
- Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
- Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09
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