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The New Gasteig

Things to know about the Gasteig’s redevelopment

The facade of the New Gasteig in the evening light, seen from Rosenheimer Straße
Copyright: Henn

Europe’s largest arts centre is being redeveloped

We want the Gasteig to continue to be an appealing, vibrant and inclusive place of arts, culture and education. The redevelopment of our building with its more than 90,000 m² aims to make the Gasteig fit for the future.


The initial decision to redevelop the Gasteig was born out of technical necessity. After more than 35 years of operation, most of the 200-plus technical installations in the Gasteig have either reached or exceeded their average lifespan. This increases the risk that vital technical systems (such as the sprinkler system) fail, and any such failure would mean a partial or full closure of the building. When we examined various renovation options, we found that the only sensible solution was to completely renew all building services while also modernising and upgrading the building itself. Against the backdrop of a constantly growing and evolving city, we saw this as an opportunity to equip the Gasteig for the challenges of the coming decades.

Redevelopment milestones


The project begins

In July 2015, the Munich City Council commissions Gasteig München GmbH to draw up a user requirements specification for the future Gasteig in cooperation with its users. At the same time, Munich’s building department is commissioned to examine the building stock.




In April 2017, the Munich City Council decides by a large majority to launch an architectural competition for the Gasteig’s redevelopment based of the user requirements specification. At the same time, the search for a possible interim venue for the duration of the redevelopment begins.



Architectural competition

A total of 17 architectural firms from all over Europe take part in the international architectural competition for the Gasteig’s redevelopment. In May 2018, a top-class jury awards prizes to the designs of three offices: Auer Weber (Munich), Henn (Munich) and wulf architekten (Stuttgart). In October 2018, the Munich City Council chooses Munich-based Henn GmbH, together with landscape architects Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten, to make the Gasteig fit for the future.  The acoustics for the New Gasteig are to be designed by Yasuhisa Toyota and his company Nagata Acoustics International.



Preliminary planning

In July 2019, architect Gunter Henn and landscape architect Rainer Schmidt sign the contracts for planning the redevelopment together with Gasteig Managing Director Max Wagner.



First results

The plan for the redeveloped Gasteig is completed. On schedule in June 2020, the Henn architectural office presents the results of the preliminary planning, with the project remaining within the specified budget of 450 million euros. In December 2020, the Munich City Council opts for an investor model to finance the redevelopment of the Gasteig and commissions the city’s building department with the tendering process.



The Gasteig HP8 opens its doors

On 8 October 2021, after a mere 18 months of construction work, the interim premises Gasteig HP8 open in Sendling with a gala concert by the Munich Philharmonic in the new Isarphilharmonie.



Search for investors

In April 2022, the call for tenders to potential investors is issued.

The building of the New Gasteig seen from above
A bird’s eye view of the New Gasteig. Copyright: Henn
The three men stand together and hold the signed contract up to the camera.
Landscape architect Rainer Schmidt, Gasteig managing director Max Wagner and architect Gunter Henn have signed the contracts for the planning of the general redevelopment. Copyright: Robert Haas / Gasteig
Group picture of around 200 people involved in the renovation of the Gasteig.
Kick-off of the Gasteig redevelopment. Copyright: Robert Haas / Gasteig

The future Gasteig

More light, more air, more open spaces

The Gasteig opens up! In the course of redevelopment, parts of the brick façade will be replaced with glass. Visible from afar, The “glazed bridge” will connect all of the existing parts of the building, bringing the various Gasteig establishments even closer together. It signals that the Gasteig is inclusive and accessible and, as a vibrant meeting place, it forms a bridge to the city. With new public activity spaces, cultural education will play an even bigger role in Europe’s largest arts centre in future. The entire Gasteig will have disabled access and will be interwoven and transparent. Literally a high point of the remodelled Gasteig will be a new vantage point on the roof of the Philharmonic Hall. High above the Isar river, it will offer an impressive view of the city. Open to all visitors, it will also host a small rooftop restaurant.

Video tour

Munich-based architecture office Henn has produced a video to demonstrate their vision of the future Gasteig. With its transparent, open architecture, the renovated and remodelled Gasteig aims to gain worldwide recognition as “Munich’s pulsating cultural heart”. This video tour is based on a 3D model of the New Gasteig. It was generated using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) method, which digitally records and models all relevant building data to help improve the planning process.

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Friends of the New Gasteig

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann
“Students close to the stage and fully immersed in life.”Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann, former President of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
Portrait of Julian Prégardien
“I’m looking forward to encounters without borders.”Julian Prégardien, musician
Marie Preußler and Johannes Härtl
“Tradition, diversity, an established institution and a Munich brand!”Marie Preußler and Johannes Härtl, Directors of Iwanson International GmbH
“Even more space for participation and engagement.”Friederike Junker, Managing Director of MORGEN e.V., Netzwerk Münchner Migrantenorganisationen
Portrait Achim Waseem Seger
“Reaching new sectors of society”Achim Waseem Seger, activist, rapper, poet, DJ and event organiser
Portrait of Wilfried Hiller
“The No 1 meeting place for creatives in Bavaria!”Wilfried Hiller, composer
Photo by Dr. Andrea Lissoni and Wolfgang Orthmayr
“A centre that hosts so many sectors of culture with such down-to-earthness.”Dr. Andrea Lissoni and Wolfgang Orthmayr, Managing Directors of Haus der Kunst
Portrait of Clemens Schuldt
“Everyone we want to play for is here.”Clemens Schuldt, former principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra
Portrait of Dr. Arne Ackermann
“The New Gasteig is our Open Library.”Dr. Arne Ackermann, Director of the Munich City Library
Carolin and Isabel, youngest subscribers of the Munich Philharmonics
“We are excited and curious.” Carolin and Isabel, youngest Munich Philharmonic subscribers
Portrait of Lisa Batiashvili
“Sharing concert experiences with the audience!”Lisa Batiashvili, violonist
Portrait of Barbara Yelin
“Munich needs culture, and culture needs space for people.”Barbara Yelin, illustrator
Portrait of Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch
“A creative milestone with an impact far beyond Bavaria.”Dr Wolfgang Heubisch, Vice-President of the Bavarian State Parliament
Portrait of Linus Einsiedler
“Culture is about participation and sharing.”Linus Einsiedler, PIXEL
Portrait of Zubin Mehta
“The New Gasteig is essential.”Zubin Mehta, Honorary Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic
Portrait of Malte Arkona
“I’m looking forward to the New Gasteig and the possibilities it offers.”Malte Arkona, presenter, actor, dubbing artist and singer
Portrait of Max Wagner
“Hier bin ich Mensch, hier darf ich‘s sein!” (from Goethe’s Faust)Max Wagner, Managing Director of Gasteig München GmbH
Portrait of Maximilian Schöberl
“In happy moments, the arts centre is as inspiring as the performance.”Maximilian Schöberl, BMW and Member of the Board of the Friends and Patrons of the Munich Philharmonic
Portrait of Cornelia Lanz
“Culture has a bearing on happiness! And the Gasteig contributes to that.”Cornelia Lanz, singer
Photo of Dr. Mirjam Zadoff
“Democracy needs participation – and participation needs a place where everyone feels at ease.”Dr Mirjam Zadoff, Director of the NS Documentation Centre
Portrait of Diana Iline
“Open and modern in every respect.”Diana Iljine, Managing Director of Internationale Münchner Filmwochen GmbH
Photo of Andreas Schessl
“The hub of Munich’s concert life.”Andreas Schessl, MünchenMusik GmbH & Co. KG
Portrait Dr. Susanne May
“Our adult education centre in the New Gasteig sets standards.”Dr Susanne May, Managing Director of Münchner Volkshochschule
Portrait of Elke Heidenreich
“I want this happiness to last!”Elke Heidenreich, author
Portrait Prof. Claus Reichstaller
“A broadening and deepening of interdisciplinary dialogue.”Prof. Claus Reichstaller, jazz trumpeter and director of the Jazz Institute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
Portrait of Prof. Dr. Eckard Heintz
“A unique opportunity to furnish our arts centre with aspects that have been missing to date.”Prof. Dr. Eckard Heintz, first Managing Director of Gasteig München GmbH (1982–1998)
Portrait of Paul Müller
“The Philharmonic Hall in the New Gasteig is a space full of possibilities, and we are thrilled to share it.”Paul Müller, Executive Director of the Munich Philharmonic
Portrait of Clemens Baumgärtner
“Uniquely different”Clemens Baumgärtner, Department of Labour and Economic Affairs of the City of Munich
Portrait of Dr. Roger Diederen
“A place for cultural projects with charisma.”Dr. Roger Diederen, Directorate of the Kunsthalle venue of Hypo-Kulturstiftung
Portrait of Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Simson
“In the New Gasteig, you stay for a drink after the concert and are happy to take a later train.”Prof. Dr Wilhelm Simson, Honorary Chair of the Friends and Patrons of the Munich Philharmonic
Portrait of Hans-Peter Übleis
“Like a beacon of art and culture, the New Gasteig lights up our city.”Hans-Peter Übleis, publisher
Portait of Anton Biebl
“My mobile office is in the new Gasteig.”Anton Biebl of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
Portrait of Katrin Habenschaden
“Where art, culture and education come together.”Katrin Habenschaden, Deputy Mayor of Munich and Chair of the Supervisory Board of Gasteig München GmbH

FAQs about the redevelopment

The Munich-based architectural firm Henn die Sanierung durch. was commissioned to carry out the renovation in June 2019. Preliminary planning has been completed. See here for first impressions.

Risk of closure: After more than 35 years of operation, most of the 200-plus technical installations in the Gasteig have either reached or exceeded their average lifespan. Some of these cannot be repaired as the needed spare parts are no longer available. This  increases the risk that vital technical systems (such as the sprinkler system) fail, and any such failure would mean a partial or full closure of the building. A renovation of the technical building services is therefore necessary.


Get it right from the start: Various renovation options were considered. Comparing these options, it soon became clear that the only sensible solution would be to completely renew all building services while also modernising and upgrading the building itself to equip the Gasteig for the challenges of the future.


The Gasteig – Munich’s powerhouse: Last but not least, Munich needs a futureproof Gasteig. By 2030, the city will be home to more than 1.7 million people, and this rapid expansion will add further to its demographic and cultural diversity. This development will make the Gasteig – Munich’s educational and cultural powerhouse – even more vital in years to come. Bringing the Gasteig up to date is an investment in Munich’s intellectual infrastructure that will pay off in the long run. That way the Gasteig can “grow” in concord with Munich, in terms of both quantity and quality.

A total demolition and complete rebuild of the Gasteig would cost around 200 million euros more than its redevelopment and would not be very environment-friendly. Furthermore, the residents would have to put up with more construction work for a longer period. Last but not least, a radical reset would take a sledgehammer to the Gasteig’s 30-year-long success story. Many visitors and Friends of the Gasteig have emotional ties to the building and its history, and demolishing it would rob Munich of a familiar architectural site.

In December 2020, the city council sent a clear signal to the Gasteig and its resident establishments. With an amendment proposed by Munich’s governing Green-SPD coalition, the redevelopment was capped at 450 million euros to be funded using an investor model under the building department’s management.

By the end of 2022, all institutes will have moved into their interim premises in the Gasteig HP8 in Sendling, where they will offer the popular, multi-faceted Gasteig programme in its entirety. The tender for an investor runs until the beginning of 2023. After that, preparations for the redevelopment, which is expected to take 5 years, will begin.