1st Prize Rethinking RotesHaus Competition

February 15, 2013

A NEW ROTES HAUS

Cologne’s Alter Markt, center of the historical city, has been under construction for long time due to the new UBahn station that is being built under the plaza. The elevator and scalator for the acces to the station was set on the lot of the Rotes Haus, therefore, this old red house had to be demolished. What would fill that gap? What kind of building could close the plaza and give an intention to the lot? A gothic town hall is next to it, can we bring gothic into the 21st Century?

IVY+LED

 A steel structure is proposed to cover the lot with ivy. Ivy leaves have a great area of gas exchange and that makes ivy one of the most frequently used plants for “air-cleaning”, the steel structure would recall the shapes of nature and would hold the ivy. LED lights would be integrated in the structure, so the urban shelter during the day can transform into a landmark at night, dragging attention from locals and visitors, positioning the UBahn station and the town hall.

This project has been published in the Kölner Wochenspiegel, you can see it here [Deutsch]

The other proposals can be checked at the Kölner Haus- und Grunbesitzerverein webpage here [Deutsch]