Kö-Bogen office and retail complex for downtown Düsseldorf. Germany
Orthoplan of site
Two city blocks are joined with one continuous roof line, forming a unified space for walking, shopping and working. The building will create a connected space between the Schadowplatz and the Hofgarten, the central park in Düsseldorf. Kö-Bogen is situated along the Köenigsallee Boulevard (nicknamed Kö by the locals) and will relate in height and expression, as well as in façade design and material, to the traditionallyaligned buildings of this great urban space. With its green rooftops, Kö-Bogen will help shape the connection between the Koenigsallee and the Hofgarten, forming one continuous green space from the city center to the Tonhalle and the Rhine.
Flagship retail stores on the three lower floors, visible in the render image, and offices with business centers on the three upper floors.
Between the two blocks are green courtyard spaces, which will also provide generous daylight to the interior offices. The passage between Schadowplatz and Hofgarten then works as a public space with benches and planters leading to a new bridge across Wallgraben. A two-story connecting bridge with roof terrace connects the east and west blocks of Kö-Bogen. Kö-Bogen is made up of both straight and curved geometry, its shape a reflection of the buildings and landscape around it. The straight lines are meant to reflect the city context, matching the building line on the Koenigsallee. The curved lines, which maneuver within and around Kö-Bogen's courtyards, create more fluid connections with the pedestrian environment. Permeated cuts into Kö-Bogen itself will allow for the landscape to naturally blend and flow into the building space, connecting it further with the environment. The green courtyards and green roof become part of a new environment that bridges urban space with park space, a fitting entryway to and from the Hofgarten.
South East elevation view on Shadowplaz
In collaboration with Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York