The Freiluftbox is a converted shipping container with a walk-on platform that stands on a brownfield site at Westkreuz in Neuaubing that has been advertised as building land. The container is a highly visible meeting place for residents and functions as a farm store supplied by regional farmers.


Type of intervention: Installation
Project character: planning process / interim use / event
Theme: sustainable city / green city / social city
Project objective: activation / play / area development

Project location: Munich; Neuaubing Westkreuz; Friedrichshafener Straße 9
Project dimension: 15m2 (conceptual development of the open-air supermarket 700m2, meanwhile built on)

Project period: since 2017; 11.05.2019 - 28.11.2019, opening hours Thu. 16 - 19 h, Sat. 10 - 13 h
Project duration: for 3 years (no fixed expiration date).
Project frequency: seasonal
Project timetable: ongoing

Type of open space: fallow land
Ownership: public land
Accessibility: partly restricted access - as a landmark well visible; limited opening hours

Client*s: Munich Society for Urban Renewal // Developer
creators: bauchplan ).( // planner
Project partners: urbanauten, Kartoffelkombinat, Stadtteilladen // activist, social service provider
Further actors: residents // citizens, entrepreneurs

(Contract) Budget: Munich Society for Urban Renewal // Developer
Subsidies: unknown
Own funds: unknown

Planning context ★★★☆☆
Thematic planning context:
As a "farm store," the Freiluftbox is supplied with regional products by surrounding farmers, but at the same time is considered a meeting place not only for the neighborhoods of Neuaubing and the Freiham urban expansion area. This theme was already taken up by the open-air supermarket, also developed by bauchplan ).(, whose area has since been built over.

Spatial planning context:
As a temporary use, the Freiluftbox occupies a brownfield site between the urban areas of Neuaubing and Freiham at Westkreuz. The Neuaubing urban area is designated as a redevelopment area, the Freiham area as an urban expansion area. Due to the ongoing large-scale transformations in both urban areas, the Freiluftbox is currently considered an important social connection point where residents from both districts can meet, inform and exchange information about the ongoing development and planning of the districts. The current, spatial effect of the interim use thus goes beyond the farm shop character. However, the open-air box has no influence on the long-term development of the brownfield site, which is why the spatial planning reference remains manageable for the future, but is relevant and pronounced for the moment.

Research sources
bauchplan (.), 2018. open air box., 14.06.2019
bauchplan (.), 2018. open air supermarket - pick your city!, 14.06.2019

Author*s profile
Christopher King, Fabian Konopka

Davied Riek, bauchplan ).( , 2019

Editorial revision
Johann-Christian Hannemann, Felix Lüdicke, Julia Treichel