BRIEF Review of the master plan for a new quarter on the former grounds of the Van der Zypen & Charlier Waggonwerke in Cologne Mühlheim | ADDED VALUE The charm of the existing facilities, featuring workshops and other unconventional service providers, is preserved and continues to give the site its unmistakable character.
COLOGNEO I, COLOGNE | GERMANY The development area is located north of the Cologne fairground and east of Mülheim’s port. It is enclosed on three sides by the Rhine bridge Zoobrücke, the ICE railway line and the street Deutz-Mülheimer Straße. The main access to the site is provided by a north-south axis connecting the fairground with the Rhine river bank and two smaller streets that turn off Deutz-Mülheimer Straße. The public space has been given an identity of its own with a variety of setbacks and protrusions. It is almost like a string of pearls in the way that the design connects the various squares and functions in an arrangement of new and existing buildings. The aim is to add areas for local arts and crafts markets, as well as a multi-storey carpark with urban gardening facilities, to the different-sized apartments, restaurants, commercial units, workshops and offices. All of the older buildings with historical value and worth retaining, such as the railway depot, the elastic band factory and the angular-shaped round building, are going to be refurbished and carefully supplemented with new builds. kadawittfeldarchitektur is responsible for the design of five of the eleven development areas. Alongside the refurbishment of the historic railway depot, the practice is in charge of constructing workshops, various residential and commercial units, as well as a multi-storey carpark with a planted roof.