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Munich Massacre Memorial: Winning Design Selected

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Winning Design (Photo: Franz Kimmel)
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Winning Design - Side View (Photo: Brückner & Brückner Architekten)

Invited to take part in the design competition were the following firms:
- Bertron Schwarz Frey, Berlin, Ulm, with Tehiru Architects, Tel Aviv
- Brückner & Brückner Architekten, Würzburg, Tirschenreuth
- chezweitz, Berlin
- hg merz architekten museumsgestalter, Berlin, Stuttgart
- Martin Kohlbauer Architekt, Wien
- sinai. Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin, with ON architektur,
- Gestaltungsbüro für Architektur und Ausstellungen, Berlin

At the core of the exhibition concept and the focus of the entries are the terrorist attacks of 5th-6th September 1972 during the XXth summer Olympic Games as well as the biographies of the twelve victims.  In addition, related themes, such as the political dimension of the Olympic Games, the aftermath of the terror attack, the German-Israeli relations and terrorism of the 1970s are addressed.
The participants in the selection process were provided with the following assignment framework:
The content was to include an exemplary biographic sequence on three victims consisting of filmic, textual and pictorial elements. Furthermore, based on the exhibition concept, the contestants were expected to develop an architectural structure whose design would meet the requirements of a memorial site functionally, contextually and atmospherically.

The site that has been earmarked for the memorial is located on the hill at Kolehmainenweg, to south of the Connolly Street. For this reason, an essential aspect of the assignment entailed taking into account the overall structure of Olympiapark. The allocated area allows for the possibility of setting up either a concentrated or a decentralized design upon it.

The Free State of Bavaria is the contracting authority as well as the client of the project. It is represented by the State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts; within which the Bavarian State Center for Civic Education is responsible. The construction plan and implementation will be carried out under the direction of a state construction company, the Staatlichens Bauamt München 2, which is also in charge of awarding tenders. Accompanying the Landeszentrale (Regional Office for Political Education) in its implementation of the project are the Directors of the Jewish Museum in Munich and of Flossenbürg Concentration Camp.

The project is funded by the Free State of Bavaria, which in turn receives a substantial amount of support from the Federal Republic of Germany, the state capital of Munich, the International Olympic Committee, the Foundation for Global Sports Development and the German Olympic Sports Association.


The Selection Process


The winning design by Brückner & Brückner stands out particularly due to the fact that it creates a place that interacts well with the existing landscape:  A cut through the hill forms a place for contemplation with a direct connection to the scene of the massacre on Connolly Street 31. At the same time, the location provides a convincing framework for the presentation of the story of the terrorist attack as well as the biographies of the victims.
The work leaves enough room for further curatorial development. The design creates a place on which visitors can commemorate the victims. It combines reflection with contemplation, on the one hand, with the moment of uncertainty, on the other. The conceived space is large enough to accommodate groups; the roofed, atrium-like construction exudes an aura of dignity. Through its openness and its positioning, the designed structure simultaneously allows one to intensively reflect on the thematic focus of the concept: The political dimension of the Olympic Games, the aftermath of the terror attack, international terrorism and the German-Israeli relations.
The Bavarian State Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Dr. Ludwing Spaenle: “This is a fascinating design; the space created by Brückner & Brückner allows information to be provided in a dignified, architectural way“.
The Consulate General of the State of Israel, Dr. Dan Shaham: “The space creates a center in which groups of people can get together, and also where individuals can learn. It is a well-defined, and yet an open meeting place. The area radiates dignity, a place where visitors can spend time to learn about the massacre, the Israeli athletes and also about the German policemen who was killed. An in-depth knowledge about the themes that will be disseminated from here will be achieved”.


The Evaluation Committee


Prof. Barbara Holzer, architect, exhibition and exhibition designer, Zurich (Head of the Evaluation Committee) | State Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts | MDirig Friedrich Geiger, highest construction authority Munchen | RDin Sibylle Ludovisy, Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts | Ltd. RD Werner Karg, Regional Office for Political Education | Dr. Hans-Georg Küppers, deputy of culture, city of Munich | Prof. Dr.(I) Elisabeth Merk, Deputy of planing, city of Munich | Consul General Dr. Dan Shaham, Consul General for the State of Israel in Munich | Prof. Wolfgang Lorch, architect, Saarbrücken | Stefan Behnisch, architect, representative of the owners of intellectual property rights of Olympiapark, Stuttgart | Ltd. BD Gero Hoffmann, Staatliches Bauamt München 2 | Prof. Maria Auböck, landscape architect, Munchen-Vienna


Brückner & Brückner Architekten with Dr. Winfried Helm


Peter und Christian Brückner´s father, Klaus-Peter Brückner (1939– 2011), first founded an engineering firm in 1972 in the town of Tirschenreuth. The firm later expanded into an architectural firm when the sons joined the company1990 and 1996. Today the firm, Brückner& Brückner, has offices in Tirschenreuth und Würzburg.

Peter Brückner (*1962 in Tirschenreuth) studied architecture at the Technological University of Munich
Christian Brückner (*1971 in Tirschenreuth) studied architecture at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart.

Projekte Brückner & Brückner (selection)
· B10 Office buildings for Siemens AG, Nürnberg, 2012
· Bilder in der Landschaft (Pictures in the landscape). Construction of a skyladder, nature conservation project, Waldnaabaue, 2010-2012
· Reconstruction and complete renovation of the Cistercian Convent in Waldsassen, 2001-2010
· Wie ein Fels (Like a rock) Construction Granitmuseum Bayerischer Wald, Hauzenberg, 2002-2005

Dr. Winfried Helm is a cultural scientist and heads the cultural studies office entitled "Theory and Practice" in Passau.

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