May 8, 2024

Neutelings Riedijk Architects wins SORAVIA competition: transforming Thyssen-Areal in Köln-Ehrenfeld

Neutelings Riedijk Architects, (Rotterdam) together with kollektif landscape, (Ghent) out of 10 teams, have been declared the winner of the prestigious architectural competition for the redevelopment of the former Thyssen industrial site in Köln-Ehrenfeld (Cologne). The winning design proposes a transformative vision for the historic steel hall (21.000 m2), envisioning it as a vibrant hub for events in combination with new to build surrounding contemporary office volumes. The design provides green plazas that foster a healthy vibrant living and working environment and provides variety between building volumes.

Part of the expert jury with the winning team Neutelings Riedijk Architects (SORAVIA: Erwin Soravia, Lorenz Tragatsching, Thomas Nadolny) (District mayor Volker Spelthann, city planning department head of the city of Cologne Eva Herr) (Image © Julian Huke Photograph)

Commiting to innovative architectural solutions

The former Thyssen site holds immense historical and architectural significance, presenting a unique opportunity for redevelopment. Neutelings Riedijk Architects will supervise the transformation of the area into a vibrant mixed-use district. The redevelopment plan aims to foster innovation, culture, and creative exchange, seamlessly integrated into the diverse fabric of Ehrenfeld. The envisioned mix of offices, services, hotels, restaurants, cultural offerings, and green spaces promises to create a vibrant and sustainable community.

Model of Neutelings Riedijk Architect’s urban design proposal (Image © Neutelings Riedijk Architects)

Sustainable urban development

By preserving historical structures, integrating green spaces, and enhancing the overall quality of urban life, the project seeks to set a new benchmark for sustainable urban development in Köln-Ehrenfeld.

Model of Neutelings Riedijk Architect’s urban design proposal (Image © Neutelings Riedijk Architects)

With the inspiring winning design by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, we have a solid foundation to develop a modern neighborhood in Ehrenfeld, in close cooperation with the city of Keulen

Erwin Soravia, CEO

SORAVIA is one of the leading real estate developers in Austria and Germany.

The winning design can now be further elaborated. Neutelings Riedijk Architects and kollektif landscape look forward to collaborating with SORAVIA to bring this vision to life.

Thyssen site at the Oskar-Jäger-Street (Image © Neutelings Riedijk Architects)