Homage to crafts

Münchener Verein

New Work, New Work, Munich, 2023

As an insurer, Münchner Verein has a long tradition of working with the skilled trades, which is also reflected in the interior of its new office. Kinzo has therefore also staged the workspaces and common areas as a showroom for skilled crafts.

Right next door, in the coffee kitchen, stands a true colossus: the wooden table. It invokes a traditional carpenter’s workbench, but due to its over-sized proportions and challenging beam thickness, could only be realized by a stair builder.

The carpenters then provided a warm material contrast: Many furnishings, such as the reception counter, pan boxes, room modules or even parts of the walls were covered with wooden slat panels. A total of five running kilometers of slats were mounted. The designers deliberately chose an unusual profile. The front surfaces were beveled and each mounted with a spacer joint so that light and shadow create a striped pattern on the wood.
The zoning and design of the three office floors, which accommodate teams from different departments, varies only in a few small details. The architecture itself has qualities that Kinzo exposed in its design, such as leaving the concrete visible wherever possible as a testimony to the construction process.
The insurance company Münchner Verein has built a modern office building based on a design by the Stuttgart-based architectural firm SCOPE: „das max“ in Ludwigsvorstadt. For the 250 employees of the Munich-based company, a new era has dawned since they moved into the lower four floors of the eight-story max in spring 2023. Previously, they worked in cubicle offices, but now the entire staff has moved to 3800 square meters of open space.
Photos by Eduardo Perez
Client Münchener Verein
Year 2023
Location Munich
Architecture Scope