Stadium specialist Populous has been commissioned to design a new multipurpose events arena in Munich. Described as Germany’s first “climate-neutral” (i.e. net zero) arena by the firm, the building will host significant greenery on its eye-catching exterior and will get all required power from thousands of solar panels.
The MUCCC (Multifunctional Concert and Congress Center) will be constructed near Munich’s airport, next to a technology and innovation center. The building will reach a height of roughly 34 m (111 ft) and take the form of a classic circular arena, albeit with a twist: its support structure will be on the exterior of the building, rather like Zaha Hadid’s Morpheus Hotel. The design of this striking exoskeleton is meant to reference the Bavarian state flag’s lozenge pattern.
“In a first for Germany, the new event arena will be climate-neutral thanks to lifecycle-based planning to reduce the carbon footprint during construction and climate-positive management of the operating phase,” explained Populous. “Several thousand solar panels on the roof of the arena and around the site, coupled with the potential for geothermal energy and district heating, will ensure that the energy for operating the arena can be generated and supplied on site. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for the arena’s sustainability and climate strategy, and it will be certified according to an internationally recognized sustainability system, so that achievement of the targets can be objectively evaluated and transparently measured.”