A new corporate headquarters for Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG
In the summer of 2023, HGK put its new headquarters at Niehler Hafen in Cologne into operation.
HGK Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG has a new corporate headquarters at Niehler Port. The subsidiary of Stadtwerke Köln put the building designed by ASTOC into operation in summer 2023.
With its bent design, the building is oriented both to the site-defining alignment of the higher-lying railroad embankment and to the axis of the Niehler Dam.
The five-story building with a staggered floor provides approx. 8,500 square meters of gross floor area for workplaces for up to 270 people. In addition to the office, meeting and conference rooms, special areas with academy use and a bistro have been created. The facade is a double-shell construction of reinforced concrete and facing brick. The floor-by-floor shifting of the window openings in the grid of the development axes results in a dynamic appearance that thematizes the way users deal with traffic and transport routes: shunting, shifting, moving. A relief in the brick layer, formed with staggered bricks, forms a horizontal banding.
Photo: Stefan Schilling, Cologne