Caruso St John Architects

Location: Cologne, DE
Client: Momeni SEG
Project Status: Competition, first prize; Ongoing project

This commission was won in an invited competition organised by the city of Cologne. The new office building for the Hamburg-based developer Momeni SEG will provide 13,000 sq m of offices and retail over 8 floors. The site is a major part of a masterplan to redevelop a whole city block at Rudolfpplatz, an important square around the Hahnentorburg on the west side of central Cologne. The new building stands next to the historic monument of the Hahnentorburg, which has symbolic significance as a former gate to the mediaeval city. The form of the new building has been designed to complement and sustain the setting of this important place. Its stepped profile and tall face towards the east, stands next to the gate and looks directly towards the city centre. The facades are made with masonry piers of a light grey brick that will complement the colour of the limestone walls of the city gate monument.