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The Kö-Bogen – The Heart of the City

 

Vibrantly alive and in its very center. With the completion of the Kö-Bogen in the winter of 2013, the city of Düsseldorf has received a new city center. Architecture and the design of inner-city spaces take on a vital function: urban repair. This innovative and historically unique collaboration of city planning, architecture and top tenants turn Kö-Bogen into a very attractive piece of real estate.

 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL ICON

As an international architectural icon situated in the heart of the state’s capital Düsseldorf, the Kö-Bogen has already made a name for itself far beyond the region.
The fact that Kö-Bogen was awarded the MIPIM, the so-called “real estate- Oscar” in the category “Best Urban Regeneration Project” is not only a sign for architectural quality, but above all, it confirms and recognizes the urban planning vision and the determination to redesign the heart of downtown Düsseldorf and to lengthen the Königsallee.
The Kö-Bogen is here the first milestone in a series of measures that will bring a new modern urbanity to the city center between Schauspielhaus, Dreischeibenhaus, Hofgarten and Johanneskirche.
„In contrast to popular opinion, buildings are by no means lifeless objects. Just like human beings, they live and breathe and have an inside and an outside, a body and a soul.“  DANIEL LIBESKIND

THE KÖ-Bogen

AND GREEN SPACES

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CONNECTING NATURE, SPACE AND PATHWAYS
By shifting traffic away, a completely new, pedestrian-friendly space has been created between Kö-Bogen, Berliner Allee and Schadowstraße, where the Kö-Bogen is the dominant feature and at the same time works as a pivot point. Starting in the Hofgarten, the system of pathways can finally be really enjoyed again, whereby the boulevard Königsallee – with its own nature and pathways – will be upgraded just like the newly designed Schadowplatz. Giving this urban space a form is an important task for the architect Libeskind. It is about creating a space that will become Düsseldorf’s new center of attraction for the retail and tourist business. The passage between the two building complexes makes the transition possible from a workday at the office and shopping stress to the peacefulness of the Hofgarten. Urban spaces that encourage you to linger in areas frequented by pedestrians stand here in contrast to the resting areas in the direction of the Landskrone water area and the Hofgarten relaxation area.
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THE HANGING GARDENS OF KÖNIGSALLEE

The so-called “cuts” in the facade on the north and west side of the ensemble form five diagonal slashes in the façade extending across several stories. Per cut, there are several slanting planes, part of which start at the ground floor, with some continuing to the roof. The star architect Libeskind developed the iconic cuts in the façade and their green microcosms uniquely for the Kö-Bogen in collaboration with the landscape designer Sebastian Fürst of Düsseldorf . “The cuts let the Hofgarten penetrate the building and give you the opportunity to become aware of nature in a new and unexpected way,” says Libeskind.

 

Local grasses, ferns, perennials, shrubs, trees – partially evergreen and very robust. Colorful flowers from spring to summer and beautiful, warm fall colors embellish the compositional structure of the façade of the Kö-Bogen and represent a living green contrast to the linear outer shell. In addition, the cuts have been effectively thought through in terms of technology. Automatic watering, fertilizing and heating as well as growth enhancing lights create the essentials for the green areas. Ideal growing conditions are achieved with different soil depths of 30cm, 50cm and 100cm. Added to this is underground anchoring and safeguarding against erosion and suction.

In Love With

Kö-Bogen

As an international architectural icon situated in the heart of the state’s capital Düsseldorf, the Kö-Bogen has already made a name for itself far beyond the region and has taken the hearts of the Düsseldorf community by storm

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“A unique opportunity for Düsseldorf to redesign the heart of the city. The result is the Kö-Bogen – a complex, urban concept that recalls the historic qualities of downtown Düsseldorf. Between the park areas of the Hofgarten and the bustling shopping streets, new public leisure spaces are being created that underline the special flair of this lively state capital.” Duesseldorf.de

 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

All of life’s essentials at an outstanding location. The Kö-Bogen, with its generously proportioned, attractive retail spaces, brings the high-quality shopping and food and beverage concepts along Königsallee and Hofgarten harmoniously together. At the same time, it forms a bridge to the retail offers on Schadowstraße and Berliner Allee. With the first-class office floors in the heart of Düsseldorf, exclusive workplaces are being created with a view of Dreischeibenhaus, Hofgarten und Königsallee that is hard to rival.
With the Steigenberger Park Hotel, which is among the best accommodations in all of Düsseldorf, there is a true luxury hotel in the neighborhood. In addition, the famous “Altsadt” (old town) of Düsseldorf is in immediate proximity. The Deutsche Oper am Rhein, theaters and museums such as the K21 or the Kunstpalast are also close by.