LIFE ON THE ROOF
The Kö-Bogen provides spaces that are completely remote and almost inaccessible — just not for insects and birds! I love being on the roof of the Kö-Bogen with a fantastic view on Düsseldorf. But the best thing is: There is a lot going on here, because a small nature reserve has been created up there too. A real green building!
Five custom-made insect hotels have been built especially for the Kö-Bogen, equipped with appropriate nesting materials. The small stainless steel houses offer a new home to wild bees and other insects above the courtyard garden. Species protection in the city center! In addition, 24 nesting boxes for bird species such as the great tit, the house sparrow, the tree sparrow, and above all swifts belong to Kö-Bogen’s nature conservation project, which by the way was awarded the title of Green Building.
However, nesting places were not only created for songbirds and insects. In consultation with the NABU experts separate boxes for bats were installed; they serve as daytime quarters for the protected animals in the middle of the city. Nesting boxes, at a height of 26 meters should invite majestic kestrels to settle over Düsseldorf’s rooftops. The extensive greening of the roof area is an important contribution of the real estate industry for sustainable building in the 21st century.
“Sustainability and environmental protection are major global issues to which every individual can make a contribution with small measures. Due to its green location, we as responsible operators absolutely want Kö-Bogen to play an active role in nature conservation”, Marco Koch, Manager Technology Kö-Bogen. This pioneering initiative for green, natural roofs was developed in close cooperation with NABU Düsseldorf.