Inner courtyard of the residential complex on the Osram site, 2020
Construction site on the former Osram site, 2020
View over the Mittlerer Ring towards the new building in south direction, 2020
The Osram building during its time as temporary accommodation for refugees, 2014
Former Osram Site
Here we see residential space in place of an industrial landmark. Because of its structural condition and poor energy efficiency, the former Osram building on Hellabrunner Strasse could not be preserved, and had to be demolished in 2018. The first open-plan offices in Munich were located in the glass cube from 1965, a pioneering architectural design. Its facade featured an aluminum and glass curtain that set aesthetic standards at the time. After the lamp manufacturer relocated, the empty structure was used to accommodate refugees for three years. Today, the former factory site has become a modern residential area with 420 new apartments for around 850 people; which represents a significant expansion of Munich's scarce housing supply.