LAND Germany Colonius Nord competition

Colonius Nord, Cologne

Germany

The inner green belt in Cologne links the inner-city neighbourhoods with the historic urban extensions. Originally designed by Konrad Adenauer and Fritz Schumacher, the ‘Colonius Nord’ site was designed as part of a competition.

The inner green belt in Cologne links the inner-city neighbourhoods with the historic urban extensions. Originally designed by Konrad Adenauer and Fritz Schumacher, the ‘Colonius Nord’ site was designed as part of a competition.

The design focusses on extended green spaces that connect the Colonius area with the competition site to form a coherent concept. A new high-rise building is integrated into this open space, creating a balanced ensemble with the Telekom and Hercules high-rise buildings. At 80 metres high, the high-rise blends in with the surrounding urban structure and takes account of urban visual axes. The building is characterised by its organic form, based on a rounded triangle that widens upwards in a star shape. It opens up towards the park and creates a clear contour to the perimeter block development opposite.

The project makes it possible to unseal the previously developed site, extending the park area. A spacious town square with restaurants, shops and a fitness centre will be created on the ground floor of the high-rise building. A restaurant and bar on the top floor offer a panoramic view over the city.

The open space concept includes a smart water management system that utilises rainwater via green roofs, permeable surfaces and technical retention systems. Large green areas and climate-resilient trees contribute to the ecological diversity and create fresh air corridors and green spaces.

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