Prompted by my search for photo opportunities, I’ve been taking a closer look at what Munich has to offer in the way of modern architecture. Up until now, I had felt a kind of nostalgia for what Munich must have looked like before it was bombed in WWII and I’ve often lamented the loss of so much traditional architecture. Indeed, much of the early post-war architecture was pretty shoddy.
By now, more than half a century later, there is more to see. I’m beginning to appreciate the aesthetics of the clean, crisp lines of the new buildings, their elegance. Granted, they often don’t blend into their surroundings, the neighborhoods haven’t grown organically as in past centuries. But perhaps that kind of neighborhood is also a concept of the past.
Here are some examples from our century, all blocks built in different materials.
Museum Brandhorst, Munich: Created by Sauerbruch Hutton architects, 2009 – a multi-coloured facade composed of ceramic louvres in 23 different coloured glazes
Church of the Sacred Heart, Munich (Herz-Jesu-Kirche): Created by Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects, completed 2001 – a glass shell
Ohel Jakob Synagogue, Munich: Designed by architects Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch, completed 2006 – structure of travertine stone topped by a glass cube.