Dusseldorf New high-rise buildings, innovative working environments, green roofs: In Munich, Mayor Stephan Keller presented sustainable real estate projects from Düsseldorf in a lecture. Was new and what was particularly exciting.
With a special focus on sustainability, Mayor Stephan Keller (CDU) presented the most exciting new real estate projects in Düsseldorf at Expo Real. “We have to think ahead about the city and position ourselves resiliently for the future,” he said during his presentation to industry experts at the Munich real estate fair. “We have to take the future in hand.”
Keller reaffirmed his wish to always place value on regional cooperation in the future development of the city, and at the same time claimed that Düsseldorf would play a central role within this region. The city is an “international hotspot” and one of the most successful business locations, especially considering its size. The following is an overview of the most important aspects of the lecture – and everything around it.
The projects How much the city is in motion despite all the delays in the pandemic, could be read from how many new projects the mayor could present – including some that were barely or not at all known to the public. Keller repeatedly included references to the special sustainability aspects of the projects.
The most unusual name among the planned structures is probably the “5YN3RGY” (pronounced: Synergy): a commercial building planned by Codic in the Medienhafen that does not want to rely on closed offices, but on “stages” – i.e. also on flexible stages for changing needs. Here, sharing concepts and networked and automated traffic and parking systems underline the sustainability approach.
The developer Momeni, who is frequently presented in Düsseldorf, is planning its next larger size very close to this development, on the prominent corner plot of Kaistraße / Franziusstraße. The Uniq project is to become a “spectacular high-rise office building” based on plans by architect Christoph Ingenhoven, and catering and retail areas are being considered on the ground floor. The building is planned under strict sustainability aspects.
An ensemble of eight buildings is to be built on Erkrather Strasse with the Innovation Village. It was planned by the Düsseldorf office RKW on the site of the former Fiat dealership and should be able to come up with photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. Heavy-duty elevators are intended to ensure that craft and production can be located here on several levels.
There will be several groundbreaking changes at the northern feeder in the coming years. Among them is the north star of the Peker Holding – a gate-like high-rise that is implemented according to the cradle-to-cradle principle. This means that all materials used can be reused. It is close to the Tadao Ando Tower, which is being planned by EuroAtlantic and could even have a beekeeping facility.
The Bilker Westend project was previously not known by this name, at least, the Gentes group has also presented a number of new views for the mixed neighborhood. Keller also spoke of “social sustainability” in view of the various housing options. There were also new views of the new metro campus.
The presenter Mayor Stephan Keller was the first time himself at the Expo Real; In his positions as the previous head of the transport department and as Cologne city director, he had no direct contact with the real estate fair. His first Expo Real speech was received by the specialist audience. “That was quite a fireworks display,” said one of the spectators.
Of course, the unfamiliar backdrop did not leave Keller without a trace: At first he had to struggle with a few people who had been messed about. During the course of the lecture, he warmed up noticeably and allowed himself to smile one or two of his own – for example, when he described the introduction of intelligent traffic lights as his “campaign hit”. With the opera, which has not yet been decided, Keller put a neat end to it – because the question of the future location and architecture should also be an interesting point of discussion for interests outside the city.
The lecture was “a challenge”, the mayor admitted: “It was exciting, but it was also great fun to speak in front of this specialist audience.” It showed itself with the course and the first feedback after the speech. He emphasized that the selection of the projects displayed had been made “quite conservatively”. Even only such plans are shown, there is a high probability that this will actually happen.
The Corona fair Last year the Expo Real was canceled due to the pandemic, this year the exhibitors – including the city of Düsseldorf – would deal with special hygiene requirements. The city of Düsseldorf relocated the very well attended (not to say heavily overcrowded) lecture away from its own exhibition stand to the conference center: “Perhaps a concept for the future was born here”, Keller visits afterwards. The limited number of seats (by far) were fully booked, and in the future it would also be conceivable to stream the lecture to the Düsseldorf stand at the same time, in order to enable even more interested people to listen. This time the lecture was also broadcast from the city via an internet livestream.
Here is the photo gallery: Expo Real 2021 – Real estate projects for Düsseldorf