Three hotels and a new pedestrian zone

Konrad-Adenauer-Platz / Harkortstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany


Urban planning and architectural competition – First prize

Start of construction December 2018


  • Establishing an architectural landmark for the state capital Düsseldorf
  • New impulses in urban development
  • Urban repair: Upgrading the main station area
  • Ground floor with public character
  • Connecting urban districts
  • Very good connection to public transport
  • Prize winner of an architectural competition


  • Targeted use of non-hazardous materials
  • Use of natural building materials
  • Transformation of an infrastructure area into an urban area: brownfield to greenfield
  • Use of district heating: Reduction of primary energy demand
  • DGNB certification


  • Redensification of inner-city areas: efficient use of the area with high density
  • Interdisciplinary, transparent cooperation with all project participants


ca. 31.500 m²

Design team

Marc Böhnke, Mario Reale, Kim-Cathrine Loch, Nina Vegelahn, Lia Polczyk, Matthias Stemmer, Silvan Baum, Tak Tam


Liskes + Schiffer ÖbVI (survey), Lerzer Ingenieur- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH (structure), Kaiser+Fülgraff Beratende Ingenieure GmbH (MEP), Ingenieurbüro f. Brandschutz Winter (fire prevention), Köhler Ing.büro f. TGA (electricity), burkhardt usability architects (accessibility-concept), bloomimages (visualization)


The design of the area on Harkortstraße near the main station Düsseldorf is the winner of an urban development competition. An urban space is being created on the fallow ground of a former car-loading station. Three hotels with gastronomy on the ground floor and a new pedestrian zone from Konrad-Adenauer-Platz to Mintropplatz will be created. The conversion of an infrastructure area into an urban area enhances the environment of Düsseldorf's central station and has positive effects on the entire site. The attractiveness of the station forecourt will be increased and an urban connection between Fürstenplatz in Friedrichstadt and Worringer Platz in Flingern South will be made. The interaction of the different buildings as well as the materials create a diversity in the unity. The brass-colored metal cladding surrounds the three buildings and connects them.

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