KCAP assigned with Science City Garching, Munich, Germany

KCAP Architects&Planners is assigned with Science City Garching, the transformation and extension of the 185 ha campus area north of Munich. KCAP, in collaboration with Müller Illien landscape architects, Keoto AG sustainability advisors and Prof. Mark Michaeli, expert in sustainable urbanism, was chosen from 18 international competitors as one of four equally winning teams in the urban design competition Science City Garching. The project assignment was granted to team KCAP exclusively.

The university and research center in Garching is one of the largest development areas of the Technical University of Munich. Together with institutes of the Max Planck Society, the Ludwig Maximilians University, the Fraunhofer Society and other research facilities, TUM forms an internationally renowned science cluster at this location.

The task of the urban plan is to link the high quality and dynamics of the existing scientific institutions with the excellent onsite conditions and thus to establish a global science environment. Next to research and teaching facilities, the concept provides for working and living areas with a high quality. Together they form a center for science, economy and society and a platform for the TUM to realize their future strategies.

The masterplan incorporates the idea of SCIENCE ‘PARK’ GARCHING - SCIENCE CITY IN THE PARK. As development strategy it is at the same time flexible and robust as it is based on an open system which allows to flexibly develop within an urban framework formulating a predefined set of rules. It aims to provide the necessary adaptability, on the long-term and at any time possible, to accommodate possible changes in the fields of sciences and economy without losing its cohesiveness as a campus.

The main feature of the masterplan is the ‘CIRCLE’ around the centrally located research clusters. ‘The Circle strengthens  the existing qualities and the central areas and enriches them with attractive public and service-oriented functions that exceed a mere campus program. At the same time it allows for maximum flexibility for future developments,’ says Ute Schneider, Director of KCAP Zurich. ‘To the outside it forms a clearly defined border, to the inside softly modulated lines.’

The Circle interweaves the central areas and connects the surrounding research clusters with their sub-centers. The result is a clear structure of organisation and orientation with a distinct center. Around this center, the individual research clusters can also exist independently if desired. Within the adjacent research clusters new and existing buildings form individual neighborhoods around private or semi-public open spaces such as gardens, courtyards and patios. These are in turn associated with neighborhood parks and larger public spaces. This creates a differentiated urban network of interlinked volumes and open spaces.


KCAP’s design scheme will be exposed at Expo Real in Munich, October 6 – 8th, at Holland Property Plaza, stand 320, hall A-2.