Toppingout ceremony for the new Small Olympic Hall

08.10.2010 - Olympiapark München GmbH

Celebration to mark the end of the construction work with Mayor Christian Ude, Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Commercial SWM Managing Director, and Ralph Huber, Managing Director of Olympiapark München GmbH, on Friday, 8th October 2010 at 11 a.m.

From the outside, it’s barely visible – but the Olympic Park is becoming one attraction richer. By the coming summer, at the foot of the Olympic Tower, between the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool, a new event venue is being created: the small Olympic Hall. Even at the topping-out ceremony, the numerous invited guests were impressed by the successful architecture. The hall is located underground, so as not to spoil the overall composition of the listed-building-status Olympic Park. But here too, following the basic architectural idea, transparency and daylight create the overall impression.

The client for the new small Olympic Hall is Munich’s public utilities company (SWM), in accordance with the cooperation agreement with Olympiapark GmbH. At the central point, a multi-functional venue for events– from conferences and sports events to pop concerts – is being created. Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Commercial Managing Director at SWM: “The term ‘small’ is perhaps a bit misleading, given the space available. The hall can accommodate from 500 to 4,000 visitors. This size of venue will facilitate new event concepts. With the new build and the extensive modernisation in the large Olympic Hall, SWM is expanding its event facilities in Munich markedly, improving the atmosphere and services in the halls as it does so. The investment in the small Olympic Hall is worth around Euro 30 million. This is being refinanced by rental payments from Olympiapark München GmbH (OMG). The customers of SWM will not be burdened in any way by this cooperation.”
Premieres in the summer of 2011
OMG Managing Director Ralph Huber is delighted by the new feature in the park: “One of our company's long-held wishes has come true with the new small Olympic Hall, along with one of the urgently-needed steps to offer an attractive venue for event organisers and guests both in the context of the large Olympic Hall, but also for independent events. With the opening of the hall in the middle of next year, a gap in the hall facilities provided by the Bavarian state capital will be closed."

Mayor Christian Ude is taking a look even further into the future: “The OMG has succeeded, even after the withdrawal of football from the Olympic Park, to create unique and brisk use of the Olympic facilities with a variety of different offerings. The SWM, with the new build, modernisation and restoration projects, are creating an outstanding building infrastructure. The cooperation between the two state-owned companies SWM and OMG has therefore paid off in a great number of ways. This is why the city council has decided to also continue this collaboration if the city wins the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The SWM will then build two further halls in the Olympic Park and coordinate their use effectively through OMG."
Point of departure: The changing face of the Olympic Park

The old small Olympic Park Hall was an annex to its “big sister”. It did offer space for smaller events, but mostly did so in conjunction with the large hall. As part of the most comprehensive modernisation of the Olympic Hall since it was first built, this area has been converted over the past two years to provide better use of the stage area. To create a suitable replacement for this, the idea of the new small Olympic Hall was born. The idea of locating the hall underground was a very promising one in many respects. The plans had to take into account the listed-building-status of the overall layout of the park and its buildings. At the same time, the proximity to the existing Olympic Hall and infrastructure had to be maintained in order to harness synergy effects at major events.

Architecture and planning

The Munich-based architect’s office Auer + Weber were responsible for the design of the new hall - an office that has excellent experience of the Olympic Park. They took up the basic idea of the surrounding architecture and, despite the underground location, have created transparency and daylight, combining functionality and aesthetics. The hall enjoys all this light thanks not least to the generous glazing towards the park.

The small Olympic Hall is located between Lilian-Board-Weg and Luz-Long-Ufer. The (disabled-friendly) access is via a conical thoroughfare through the grounds between the two roads. This functions both as a connecting route and as an entrance area. This keeps the topography of the park untouched. The hall itself is integrated as a gentle green hill into the landscape. The plants are orientated towards the Olympic Park’s design concept.

When it came to the design of the interior of the hall, SWM implemented the specifications of the OMG as a future operator. The central guidelines were the varied requirements of event organisers, such as flexible, practical spaces and a state-of-the-art infrastructure. Consequently, the building complex features: - A cashdesk area
- A spacious cloakroom area (with cloakroom space for 2,900 people)
- A kiosk in the foyer, a further kiosk in the hall, and a catering kitchen for events
- a pop canteen with fixed basic equipment for event crews
- The ability to completely darken the hall
- Numerous suspension points over the planned stage area (max. 20 t)
- Spatial acoustics that allow sporting as well as musical events
- A modern data network.

In front of the actual hall is a foyer, which functions as an entrance area with a six-metre-wide staircase. It is separated from the hall by a glass wall, and can therefore be used as an independent room for up to 600 people. The connection to the large Olympic Hall is via the foyer and two escalators.

From the idea to the hall

SWM, as Munich’s communal infrastructure service provider, not only has experience of these types of major project, but is also financially able to bear the costs of this Euro 30 million construction project. Since it already took over the buildings management of the Olympic Park back in 2006, they have also taken on the role of customer. The investment sum is pre-financed by SWM and is being refinanced by the rent from OMG.

The work began in May 2009. The basic construction was completed on time and on budget. This was no mean feat, however, since the construction site in the Olympic Park had a number of surprises and challenges in store. The narrow spatial conditions caused by the existing buildings, which included the Olympic Hall, the Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool and the Olympic Tower, were made more acute by supply tunnels and supply cables running to the Olympic Tower and other buildings within the park. The plans that are normally available, in which the cables and foundations are sketched out, were either incorrect or missing. However, despite all this, it was still possible to create an easily-accessible hall with a disabled-friendly design and a direct link to the large hall.

Dr. Bieberbach: “We are grateful to all the staff who have worked with such tremendous commitment on this project. Thanks too go to the planners and construction firm crews who ensured that the shell of the building was created in all weathers and despite plenty of setbacks. Pleasingly, many of the companies involved come from Munich and its surrounding region, such as Ludwig Zausinger and SB Stahlbau Industriemontagen. The shell itself was created by Xaver Riebel from Mindelheim.”

Project data
- 42,700 m3 of earth excavated from the foundation pit
- 2,600 tonnes of steel were erected
- 14,700 tonnes of concrete were installed The building in figures
- Hall area 2,125 sqm
- Foyer area (E040) 568 sqm
- Foyer area (E020) 295 sqm
- Usable area 5,073 sqm
- Volume 56,780 sqm
- Cloakroom hooks for 2,900 people
- Gastro-kiosk area 29 sqm
- Gastro-warm kitchen area 75 sqm
- Gastro-serving area 44 sqm
- Pop canteen area 24.3 sqm (kitchen 12.6, store room 11.3 sqm)
- Lift  Cabin 1.10 x 2.10 m       
         Disabled-friendly, can carry stretchers       
         Through-loader, 4 stops       
         Speed 0.63 m/s       
         Capacity 1,000 kg / 13 persons
- Escalator    b = 1.0 m, 35 degrees       
          Carrying capacity 8,000 (0.5 m/s)       
          Carrying capacity 10,000 (0.65 m/s)
- Height of hall 8.72 m (suspended ceiling)
- Hall parking spaces 400 spaces