Metropolitan Sheep

Alexander Ihl
Alexander Ihl
Press, E.ON SE

The view goes over the roofs of Munich. In the background the two towers of the Marienkirche spire up. Sheep mow, the grass is green, and water splashes from a wooden fountain in front of an alpine cottage. If it weren't for the typical sounds of a big construction site, you might think you were in the mountains.

But far from it: this is the roof of an office building in the east of Munich, with construction work all around and a lot of urban life. Strangely out of place in this idyll are also the large stainless steel pipes and cubes on the roof, in the middle of the green lawn and right next to the little baby sheep, which is happy about the shadow they cast.

All this is part of the Almschule, on the roof of the WERK3 building in the Werksviertel-Mitte in Munich, bringing children and young people a special piece of nature into the city. In the Almschule, the species-appropriate and environmentally friendly use of nature and flora is shown and experienced in hands-on workshops. At the same time, children are introduced to topics such as sustainability, healthy food and agriculture in a playful way - right in the middle of the city.

A piece of new, lively Munich is being built around the Almschule, parallel to the Werksviertel-Mitte: Directly at the Ostbahnhof, on a site where potato dumplings and many other products of the world-famous Pfanni brand were produced until the early 1990s. But that's another story...


In the Werksviertel-Mitte at Munich's Ostbahnhof station, an innovative urban area is being created that offers space for living and working.

OTEC, the owner company for the central areas of the former Pfanni factory site in Munich, has selected the E.ON subsidiary Bayernwerk Natur as its project partner for the implementation of an innovative energy concept. The highly efficient energy concept is used to generate electricity, heating and cooling. The aim is to generate up to 80 percent of the electricity required in-house and deliver it directly to the residents of the Werksviertel-Mitte. With the energy concept, the district can thus supply itself largely self-sufficiently.



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