40 Years of the Drees & Sommer Office in Munich

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This year, the Drees & Sommer office in Munich, Germany, can already look back on a 40-year history. Colleagues celebrated this anniversary on July 25, 2019 in the Gasteig Cultural Center in Munich, the refurbishment of which is also supervised by our experts in a capacity as project manager.

Together, employees and their guests reflected on milestones in the history of the project. When Drees & Sommer opened its office in Munich in 1979 it employed four people, whereas the Bavaria office now has a workforce of 400. The past four decades have been marked by exciting projects in and around Munich. With the Gasteig as the venue, however, the focus was also on an ongoing project. The title of the event THE SOUND OF DREES & SOMMER was underscored by the ‘Münchner Filmfoniker’ (Munich Film Orchestra) with their performance of selected movie music.

Modern and Functional: General Refurbishment for the Gasteig

Around 1.8 million people visit more than 1,800 cultural events every year at the Gasteig in Munich. The technical equipment in this building complex opened in 1985, has come to the end of its service life after more than 30 years in use. The planned general refurbishment will make the cultural center fit for the future thanks to the implementation of the latest technology. In its capacity as project steerer, Drees & Sommer supervises the refurbishment and the relocation of current users such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Library, the Munich Adult Education Center (MVHS), the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM), the Municipal Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, and private organizers to an interim location.

Based on an analysis of the existing property from 2016, the building complex provides around 90,000 square meters of space and a building volume of 445,000 cubic meters, which will now be completely gutted except for the shell construction. As part of the general refurbishment, the concert halls will be technically and acoustically improved, a vantage point with a restaurant will be built on the roof of the Philharmonic Hall and the institutions located in the Gasteig will have optimized premises. The result will be one of the most attractive and state-of-the-art cultural centers in Europe.