Westpark Munich Landscape to breathe in - people in the park

Blick in den Westpark © Peter Kluska

Blick in den Westpark © Peter Kluska

The Westpark München was built at the end of the 70s as a venue for the International Garden Show in 1983.
On a previously completely flat area, a fascinating valley landscape was created, which even 30 years later has lost none of its charm.

After the International Garden Show in 1983, the park retained the most valuable garden show contributions - the rose and perennial gardens, the ensemble of Asian gardens, the play zones and the lake stage. This led to an enhancement of the park through a broadly spread interest of visitors and thus to social balance.
There are no conflicts of interest, but a coexistence of rose and perennial gardens with beer gardens, playing on the large meadow areas, football, volleyball, kite flying, the meditation and gymnastics groups that practice here daily do not interfere with each other. Families of different nationalities spend the whole day in the park, eating and drinking together. They are different people than the restaurant visitors. Two large play areas as well as a play valley with a stream are always occupied by children. There is music, theatre and open-air cinema on the lake stage. According to counts, the Westpark is the most visited urban public garden in Munich, its popularity is very high, it shows that beauty and spatial experiences belong to the peaceful coexistence and togetherness, to the conscious or unconscious joy that a park can offer its visitors. The togetherness and the encounters of people are the values of this multicultural "park society". It is a park for everyone.
What was not yet really imaginable for most visitors to the IGA 83 can now be seen, three decades later. It is the planned spatial dimension that has been created by the growth of the trees and will continue to develop.
Whoever visits this park leaves the city and immerses themselves in the spaces of the park, which, as was predicted, are a small paradise of relaxation for a few hours.

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Planning offices

Peter Kluska Landschaftsarchitekt bdla DWB

Further planners involved
Eckart Brülle, Landschaftsarchitekt, Technischer Leiter IGA-Baubüro

Temporärer Ausstellungsteil Mollgelände
Gottfried und Anton Hansjakob, Landschaftsarchitekten, München

Büro Brunken, Landschaftsarchitekten, Stuttgart

Kräuter- und Apothekergarten
Ortrun Wippermann, Landschaftsarchitektin, München

Gerhardt Teutsch, Landschaftsarchitekt, München

Farntal und Feuchtbiotop
Büro Stern, Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich

Koordination Ostasiatischer Gärten
Klaus Wittke, Landschaftsarchitekt, München

Spielplatz Regenbogen
Projektteam FKC

Fußgängerbrücke über den Mittleren Ring
Obermeyer Ingenieurbüro München

Bruno Leipacher, Landschaftsarchitekt

Spielplatz »am Jackl« (Westlicher Parkteil)
Paul Lutz, Landschaftsarchitekt

Wasserspielplatz (östlicher Parkteil)
Werkmeister Martin Heimer, Landschaftsarchitekten, Hannover

Bauerngarten am Bayerwaldhaus
Karl Kagerer, Otto-Albrecht Bertram, München, Landschaftsarchitekten

Project period
1978 - 1983

60 ha

Construction amount
35 Mio. DM

Landeshauptstadt München / IGA 83


81373 München

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