Apr 22, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Giant Three Storey Indoor Slides in Munich




giant 3 storey indoor sllides technical university munich germany Picture of the Day: The Giant Three Storey Indoor Slides in Munich

Photograph by MARTIN ROELL


The Technische Universität München (TUM; University of Technology, Munich; Technical University of Munich) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching, and Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.

Located inside the Faculty Building for Math and Computer Science are a pair of three storey slides that descend to the first floor. Being a Math and Computer Science facility these are actually “parabolic slides” (formula: z = y = h x²/d²). For those proclaiming this a waste of money: according to German law, a certain fraction of the budget for erecting a state-owned building has to be spent on “architectural art” (German Kunst am Bau)—which, in the case of the FMI building, are the two huge slides you can see in the picture above.

The slides are open to visitors and are accompanied with sliding pads that are required for using the slide. What a fun and quick way to get from the third floor to first! If you’re ever in Munich, be sure to take a ride down these! [Source: Wikipedia]