Paulaner Headquarter

Restoring an old brewery, German studio Hierl Architekten has designed an office building in Munich, a courtyard development with flexible, variable and non hierarchical spaces.

Hierl Architekten, Paulaner Headquarter, Munich, 2017
Hierl Architekten has designed a courtyard development that is both suitable for giving the Paulaner beer headquarters an identifiable building and also for making reference to the history of the place and thus continuing the tradition of the former Zacherl brewery. Furthermore, it enables the creation of an administration building with various usages, flexibly mixed, and with variable, largely hierarchy-free occupancy, short distances and compact dimensions. The inner courtyard, as an expressive space and central point of the building, makes it a distinctive location.


In the basement, the function rooms such as the banqueting hall and the restaurant are organised around the inner courtyard, which can be involved in all usages. On the ground floor, there is a generously sized entrance area that connects the main entrance – in the originally reconstructed gate hall – with the southern entrance plus conference zone. The upper floors contain the office areas with views across the city and into the inner courtyard.

Img.13 Hierl Architekten, Paulaner Headquarter, Munich, 2017
Img.13 Hierl Architekten, Paulaner Headquarter, Munich, 2017
The still existent substance of the listed Zacherl brewery consists of the exterior facades up to the central buttress, the gate hall – thought to have been influenced by Leo von Klenze – and the cellar vaults. In terms of a credible history formulation, the authentic components are being faithfully preserved or restored in their materiality and geometry. Apart from that, a building is being erected on the historical urban ground plan, a building that is contemporarily designed in granularity and materiality, in the volumetry of the memorial.
Img.14 Hierl Architekten, Paulaner Headquarter, Munich, 2017
Img.14 Hierl Architekten, Paulaner Headquarter, Munich, 2017

Paulaner Headquarter, Munich  
Program: office building
Architect: Hierl Architekten – Rudolf Hierl
Design team: Ulrich Schall, Miriam Ballesteros-Sels, Anja Kopp, Carolin Semtner, Stefan Tischinger, Stefan Waldherr
Landscape architect: Koeber Landschaftsarchitektur
Structural engineering: Leicht
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: IBF Ingenieurgesellschaft
Installations: R. Wieder GmbH Ingenieurbüro für elektrotechnische Anlagen
Construction site management: CLMap
Area: 8,000 sqm
Completion: 2017

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