Explore: 25 on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
A vibrant mix of housing, work, and culture
About a hundred years after the opening of the Rheinauhafen harbor, in 1898, the former bustling goods transshipment location is being transformed into a new highlight in urban planning. The Rheinauhafen is located immediately adjacent to the city center of Cologne and is connected to the Rheingarten, which is located in front of the old city and was redesigned in the nineteen-eighties. From there, it extends for about another two kilometers until it reaches the popular southern area (Südstadt) of Cologne: an ideal location that is already having positive effects on the property’s use in the cultural, commercial, and residential sectors.
When all the construction work has been completed, there will be 235,000 square meters of gross floor plan area available in the Rheinauhafen. Approximately 30 percent of the space will be used for housing, 45 percent for offices, services, and foodservice, and 25 percent for culture. The three so-called Kranhaus (“crane house”) buildings will be a particular highlight. The shape of these buildings echoes that of historic cargo cranes. They will add to Cologne’s Rhine riverbank skyline and will be a particular eye-catcher for the Rheinauhafen.