This contemporary art museum has a wonderfully playful and innovative exterior to match the equally avant-garde artists represented within, such as Cy Twombly and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Built in 2009, its long and angular structure sports numerous multicolored ceramic tiles with 23 varied colors of glaze, and many of the museum’s rooms were built in unusual geometric shapes, such as an irregular octagon-shaped gallery that houses one of Twombly’s series of pieces. The Brandhorst is full of natural light, utilizes eco-efficient energy and compliments the architecture of the three nearby Pinakothek art museums, ranging from traditional to modern design.
Munich was essentially rebuilt after World War II, as large swathes of the city were destroyed during the wartime bombings. While rebuilding, the city decided to restore many of its buildings to their traditional pre-war format, unlike a city such as Berlin, which chose to embrace modernity and skyscrapers. As a result, Munich’s architecture gives a sense of traditional Bavaria with a cozy, small-town flavor. Munich also has some surviving 19th and 20th century buildings, including some lovely Art Nouveau and Jugendstil apartments, shops and homes, as well as some ultra-contemporary architectural designs that showcase the city’s more modern tastes. Munich’s architecture is an intriguing blend of the highly traditional and the recent trends in building of the past several decades, and the following buildings are the city’s ten most beautiful, in our humble opinion.