OFICINAA (Silvia Benedito + Alexander Häusler)

Munich Winter Olympics 2018, Athletes’ Village

The Athlete’s Village in Munich, Germany, nicknamed “BAMBIstadt” due to its location amongst the trees, is adjacent to the Olympic Park—the landmark project designed by Frei Otto, Günter Behnisch, and Günther Grzimek. As the name suggests, it was used as a residential complex designed to accommodate the athletes during the 1972 Olympics, with the intent to be repurposed as residential apartments after the event.

The winding building footprint follows the voids between the trees to preserve their massive presence. At the same time it creates a mega city block, with its own interior park, at the scale of the large features on the site—the stadium, the lake, and the hill. While the old trees are part of the identity of the neighborhood they also generate a comfortable microclimate—one that offers shade during the hot season and a mitigation of the colder winds in winter. The building’s width and height are determined by the solar path, its energetic impact, and optimized access to natural light. The variation of the building width (10-15 m) generates a series of possibilities and variations while considering typologies and uses. One of the main features of this complex, beyond its formal properties and energetic gains, is a running track on the top floor with a view of the city and the Alps beyond. This allowed the athletes to practice during their training sessions and to enjoy the experience of being in distant and solitary contact with the city that hosted their performance.

About The Designer

OFICINAA is an award-winning architecture and urbanism office that addresses design with a multidisciplinary approach. Our expertise in different fields of design allows the engagement of a wide range of tools in every project we embrace. Our projects are distinct on scale, program, and medium, including architecture to urban planning, domestic to civic, and installation to video.