Revitalisation of a listed storehouse at the Cologne Docks

Cologne, Germany
Fassade Rheinseite
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Fassade Rheinseite mit historischem Kran
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Loggia
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Rheinseite mit Fotoinstallation von H.G. Esch
Photo © HG Esch
Bild vom Hafenbecken aus
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Untersicht Treppenauge
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Eingang Treppenhaus von der Stadtseite aus
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Fensterdetail
Photo © Jens Willebrand
Historische Bogenhalle im Erdgeschoss
© Moderne Stadt
Stadtseite
Photo © Erik Matheisen
Architects
JSWD Architekten
Address
Im Zollhafen 5-9, 50678 Cologne, Germany
Year
2009
Stories
5-20 Stories
Client
PLB PARETO Immobilien GmbH

Located on the Quay of the Cologne Rheinau Docks, Halle 11 is a customs hall from the late 19th century. Special attention was paid to providing sufficient illumination of up to 21-metre deep office and residential areas inside the warehouse that was rebuilt in a simplified manner after having been damaged in the war. A glazed cube was inserted into the older building above the ground floor base facing the Rhine. This creates an impression of a “glass implant” as a transparent, independent volume that pervades the existing structure, fusing with its exterior walls. The listed façades on the remaining sides were preserved or reconstructed according to original plans. This includes crenellations, which top the roof once again. Sixty-eight flats were created in the former storehouse, offering ringside seating along the Rhine with their spacious balconies and winter gardens. The small portion of the circa 13,000 m² area is taken up by offices and commercial use areas.

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