At the Garching Research Park, seen through the trees across a small river from the Mathematics and Informatics Building of the Technical University Munich, is a tall sculptural structure. In fact, it is the Oskar-von-Miller Tower, a tower designed by by Deubzer Konig + Rimmel Architects to house metrological instruments for university research. The tower is a concrete structure, 62 metres high, clad with acrylic glass and it contains measuring instruments at five different levels. Taking advantage of its prominent location, the tower also houses LED lighting to display the logo of the university at night.
Further south, seen from approach to the Allianz Arena and the highway is another sculptural structure which, perhaps surprisingly to football supporters, is part of sewage works. It is in fact Munich’s second-largest producer of renewable energy. In the four 50 metre high concrete containers, organic substances are removed from the sewage sludge, with energy generated from the resultant biogas, while the central staircase tower and the four 32-metre bridges contain access routes and gas distribution pipework.
Both structures prove that industrial buildings can be well-designed to provide interesting sculptural objects in the landscape.