LabCampus – a Global Platform for Pioneering Innovation

With the creation of LabCampus, Munich Airport is taking another important step in the direction of the future. And this one’s a huge stride. On a site the size of 70 soccer fields—500,000m² to be precise—"destination innovation” is taking shape. Here, over the next few years, fresh, smart ways of collaborating between businesses and across industries will start to emerge.

For everyone that converges here, from innovators and experts, to SMEs and global players, entrepreneurs, startups and investors, LabCampus is creating the perfect connected environment. This will give rise to totally new ways of doing things, fostering new opportunities and harnessing tomorrow’s potential. There’s no denying it’s a major project. But its creation hasn’t come out of nowhere. Instead it’s a direct response to huge demand - not just for increased operational speed in processes and standards - but for totally new business models. These are the true challenges facing any company of any size.

To stay in the game, it is no longer enough to be reactive where innovation is concerned. Those that secure their places in the markets of tomorrow are proactive. But this comes with a whole new set of challenges. That’s because only companies that truly embrace an interdisciplinary work culture and encourage cross-collaboration outside of their own four walls are able to create fresh momentum, rethink traditional ideas and actively shape the future.

This is exactly what LabCampus at Munich Airport offers. All under one roof, benefiting from the most modern of environments, companies and experts can jointly develop innovative solutions, products and services and present them directly to an audience on their doorstep: an international transport hub. Excellent international connections, access to 150,000 visitors per day and spacious test areas make LabCampus a first-class destination for innovation and a lively urban space to top it off.

LabCampus doesn’t just actively create the right blend of industries and companies. Once on campus, this blend has access to a large support network around it. That’s why - right from the start - LabCampus has relied on cooperation with leading innovation partners, renowned institutions and research centers. These experts know, better than any, how to coach companies around establishing innovation processes, from ideation through to execution and marketing.

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  • This first office building, ready for occupancy in 2021,  might very well look like this. Further buildings will follow successively. Under the most modern of conditions, the working world combines with attractive leisure activities to create an inspiring urban ambience. © AuerWeber
  • The cubature of the first office building is divided into smaller units, which are arranged like building blocks on top of each other to form a multi-faceted façade. © AuerWeber
  • In addition to individually ‘designable’ office spaces, the ground floor serves as a meeting and communication area for residents and visitors. © AuerWeber

LabCampus - A Smart City of the Future

Anyone wanting to offer people and companies an urban environment that has innovation as its output, needs to think differently. Such an environment naturally demands that residents work on ideas, explore their creativity, and develop and test future-oriented products and services—together. Not as soloists. And it’s exactly this different way of thinking that LabCampus GmbH has embraced from the start. And they’ve done it—no surprises here—in cooperation with one of the best. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is all about developing tomorrow’s infrastructure. The application of individual, next-gen technologies in the fields of energy, mobility and urban planning are as central to their work as the connectivity between them. Only then is optimum sustainability achieved and quality of life improved.

From its buildings, to the pathways and the squares, campus life exists everywhere. Open spaces act as communication platforms where multiple disciplines find their shared expression. LabCampus GmbH is highly committed to this network concept. It’s in their slogan too "CONNECT. CREATE. COLLABORATE." And the plan is to have it interpreted architecturally in the first building—under development in the first of the four quadrants making up the complex. Here, on a site 30,000 square meters, a four-storey office building with an attractive roof terrace landscape will be built to architecturally mirror LabCampus’ fascination with creating connections.

It is planned to divide the entire cubature into smaller units, which will be arranged like building blocks on top of each other to form a multi-faceted facade. While the majority of the available space will be set aside for individually designed offices, the ground floor serves as a meeting and exchange point for residents and visitors. Here, amongst the glass-covered inner courtyards, showrooms and prototyping studios as well as cafés, restaurants, shops or modern office lobbies can be found.

The four inner courtyards, some of which are open to the public, are connected by a meandering, asymmetrical walkway—itself lined with enticing green oases perfect for relaxation or a catch up. This first office building located in quadrant 1 will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2021. Other buildings will follow successively before work moves on to quadrants 2 to 4. With its completion, the working world will be forever fused with attractive leisure facilities which complete the inspiring, urban ambience.

LabCampus is Bavaria’s New Location for Innovation 

Today Bavaria is one of the most attractive economic regions in Europe. A factor that will continue to gain traction with the large-scale project known as LabCampus. Located directly at the site of Munich Airport, this ultimate location for innovation boasts some of the world’s best international connections and is a thriving European aviation hub.

"150,000 people stop at Munich Airport every day: These are both passengers and employees all with the potential to be customers, business partners and visitors to LabCampus. You won’t find better contacts to customers and partners anywhere else," explains Thomas Weyer, Managing Director of Finance and Infrastructure at Munich Airport GmbH (operating company FMG), affiliated with the wholly owned subsidiary of LabCampus GmbH.

International world leaders have played a major role at LabCampus right from the start: the Senseable City Lab of the renowned MIT has recently become a fixed partner involved in the development of future-ready infrastructure. But local knowledge and cooperation is as important: "We want to work in synergies with the surrounding area and the existing innovation ecosystems in Munich and Bavaria. Enhancing each other’s strengths. We are all about working closely together to consolidate Bavaria’s position as a thriving region for innovation," emphasizes Dr. Wagener, Managing Director, LabCampus GmbH.

LabCampus Starts up: Welcome Aboard

LabCampus is already able to offer numerous services along the innovation process cycle—and that’s even before completion of the first building. With the Terminal TestLab offering the perfect arena to conduct product presentations and gauge user experience, the Information Security Hub for cyber security and awareness training as well as numerous data-driven tools for generating insights, work is well underway to cover all the steps required to be future ready. With renowned research institutes and companies already on board, when will we be welcoming you into our “Circle of Innovators”?

We look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

In this age of globalization and digitalization, airports must explore new avenues to take advantage of the opportunities of site development. LabCampus is a forward-looking step in this context.

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Flughafen München GmbH

Munich Airport is frequented by 150,000 people every day: passengers, visitors and employees who are potential customers, business partners and also visitors for LabCampus. Nowhere else is there better connectivity with customers and partners.

Thomas Weyer

Chief Financial Officer, Flughafen München GmbH

LabCampus is an entirely new style of innovation campus. It is our mission to help companies innovate more successfully.

Together we want to explore new avenues in cross-industry cooperation.

Managing Director LabCampus

Dr. Marc Wagener

Managing Director, LabCampus