The city of Munster staged an international design competition to provide designs for approximately 20,0000 m2 of cultural facilities sited within an existing municipal park. The size of such a collection of buildings would require almost the entire area of the park which is a central piece of the surrounding baroque urban planning.
We proposed a design which would ‘replace’ the area taken for the buildings by providing space on top of the forms for public activities. To strengthen this idea we envisaged broad flights of urban-scaled stairs that would invite people to the various roof levels that would become an architectural promenade. We imagined brightly coloured buildings, not unlike tulips, for this garden by specifying different colours of glazed brick cladding.