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SAP Garden: Copenhagen’s 3XN Architects to Build New Multipurpose Arena in Munich

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SAP Garden
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Olympic Park, Munich, Germany
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62.500 m²
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Red Bull Stadion München GmbH
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Sport › Multipurpose sports arena

The Bavarian Capital City of Munich, FC Bayern Basketball, SAP and Red Bull jointly presented the winning design for the new multipurpose sports arena to be built on the site of the former Olympic cycling track stadium in Munich Olympic Park. The contract for building the arena 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 ice hockey champions Munich Red Bulls and German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich. 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.

- Three additional canopied ice rinks for training purposes

- Audience capacity of 11,500

- Naming campaign #NameGameOn to start immediately

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.

“We are delighted to design the new multipurpose sports arena at the Olympic Park in Munich, which will be the fourth arena project for 3XN Architects. It’s a great opportunity to become part of the inspiring, historic architecture of the park. 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. We want to create the perfect backdrop for a fantastic fanexperience”, says Jan Ammundsen, 3XN Architect’s Head of Design.

The groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the coming winter, provided the construction permit and building preparations are obtained in time. 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 the new arena will be 673,000 square feet (62,500 square meters).

Christian Schluder, Red Bull GmbH: “The brilliant design by 3XN Architects integrates harmoniously with the unique ensemble of buildings in the Olympic Park, while at the same time adding its own original, understated architectural expression. This design unites economic viability, sustainability and energy efficiency. That is why 3XN Architects’ design was the best among many great entries. The new multipurpose sports arena will be a new, ultra-modern home for our two top teams, Munich Red Bulls Ice Hockey and FC Bayern Munich Basketball, and their fans. At the same time, the city and its Olympic Park are getting a new landmark. Munich and the two sports clubs will benefit for decades from this privately financed mega-project.”

Uli Hoeneß, President, FC Bayern München eV: “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.”

Christine Strobl, Mayor, City of Munich: “The sports venues at the heart of the Olympic Park form an extraordinary ensemble and hence demanded a sensitive planning approach to the new sports arena. The design presented by 3XN Architects of Copenhagen and their partnering German landscape planners convinced the jury of the architecture competition in every aspect. The new sports arena will integrate harmoniously with the existing park landscape, while its structured facade and roof greening will create elegant highlights. 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.”

SAP secured the right to the name of the future multipurpose sports arena in September last year. As a world market leader for business software, SAP will also be the project’s technology and innovation partner. On February 14, a naming competition for the new multipurpose sports arena is being launched using the hashtag #NameGameOn. Future fans and spectators are invited to help find a name for the venue and may enter their suggestions at www.NameGameOn.com. The deadline for entries is March 4, 2019. A jury consisting of representatives of Red Bull, FC Bayern Basketball and SAP will then select a shortlist of names. Finally, members of the public will get to vote for their favorite name online.

Bernd Leukert, Member of the Board and Director Digital Business Services, SAP SE: “Together with Red Bull and FC Bayern Munich, we’ll offer a very special experience to the fans, based on our innovative SAP solutions. In our role as technology and innovation partner as well as name sponsor of the new sports arena, we want to involve fans in Munich and the world in naming the venue and thereby give them the opportunity to take part in the creation of a piece of sports history. We look forward to receiving a lot of creative ideas for the new name.”

The new multipurpose sports arena — 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


About 3XN

3XN Architects is a Copenhagen-based studio with more than 30 years experience. At the core of 3XN’s design philosophy is the principle that architecture, if done right, can shape behavior. This happens through the careful analysis of the site, the surrounding buildings, and the client aspirations. Among 3XNs high profile projects are Olympic House, new headquarters for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne (2019), The Blue Planet (National Aquarium) (2013), Royal Arena (2017), in Copenhagen, Museum of Liverpool (2011), Quay Quarter Tower (2020) and the New Sydney Fish Market (2023) in Sydney.

About Red Bull

Inspired by functional drinks from the Far East, Dietrich Mateschitz founded Red Bull in the mid-1980’s. And an entirely new category of products was born—energy drinks. Today, Red Bull is available in 171 countries. Across the globe, more than 75 billion cans have been enjoyed since the brand was launched in 1987. In 2018 alone, worldwide sales exceeded 6.7 billion cans of Red Bull. For further information, visit www.redbull.com.

About FC Bayern Munich Basketball

In 2018, the FC Bayern Munich Basketball (FCBB) team for the first time achieved the “national double” as champions of the German league and winners of the national cup. For the next few years, FCBB is secured a place in the EuroLeague and can consider itself one of the strongest teams in Europe. The four-time German champions (1954, 1955, 2014, 2018) are now playing their eighth season in the German Basketball League after making a comeback in 2011. The company behind FCBB, FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH, is solely owned by FC Bayern München eV, the world’s largest sports club with approx. 290,000 members. For further information, visit www.fcb-basketball.com/en/.

About SAP

As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP SE supports companies of all scales and industries in operating their businesses profitably, adapting continuously and growing sustainably. From back office to board room, from warehouse to store shelf, from desktop to mobile, SAP provides people and organizations with deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. More than 404,000 customers from private businesses and public bodies rely on SAP’s applications and services in order to better reach their goals. For further information, visit www.sap.com.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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