Today Munich's English Garden, originating from the end of the 18.th century, is one of world's largest urban public parks sited in an inner-city area. Sckell created a seemingly naturalistic, yet artificially designed, landscape with selected scenery. He used organic forms, modelled terrain and defined space through vegetation. The site of the Tucherpark pimarily was part of the English Garden, in an area formerly highly influenced from the Isar river's morphology.
Therefore the design is based upon the originally essential structures, the fluent forms, the vegetation zonal structure similar to a stream landscape and the relation to the Eisbach (One of the streams flowing through the English Garden and part of Sckell's original park water system). The building interacts with the basic structure of floating bands like hovering or swimming on top.
The use of different surface materials or plant combinations result in different types of bands, like gravel bands, lawn bands, hydrangea bands or willow bands, covering the manifold demands and requirements for the open space like infrastructure, access and recreation.
Framed from existing wood, a pathway leads to the entrance areas of the residential building, accompanied from lawn and hydrangea bands. The generous driveway, made of coloured asphalt, is flanked from a low band of vegetation and open lawn areas. To be integrated in the design concept, the access to the underground parking gets a green roof. The ornamental willow bands are continued into the inner courtyard, adjoining the garden pathway and incorporating the playground areas.
Two flight of stairs descend to the second and lower garden level where the Eisbach is running. Several tree groups highlight the scenery without disturbing the view onto the water.
HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, HTP Bayern, Munich
Hild und K, Munich