Pier One is a spectacular new building in Düsseldorf’s harbour. The building sits above the water, supported by 180 pillars. Designed according to highest ecological standards, it offers room for high-class offices, showrooms, cafés, and restaurants.
Exceptional location, short distances – radiating from Pier One are four new slender bridges, which connect to Speditionsstrasse, Kesselstrasse, and Weizenmühlenstrasse, providing easy access to its neighbours in the exciting cosmopolitan district of Media Harbour.
This creates both a new transit route and a new public waterfront – emblematic of the harbour’s transformation in recent decades and a catalyst for its further development.
The concept and design are by ingenhoven architects. Construction is planned to begin in 2021.
Pier One: short distances and new connections in the harbour of Düsseldorf © ingenhoven architects / Alexander Schmitz
Christoph Ingenhoven © ingenhoven architects
Not only does Pier One create a new public waterfront but also a new transit infrastructure, which lifts the historical separation of work and leisure, businesses and industry – emblematic of the harbour’s transformation in recent decades and a catalyst for its further development.
Pier One, viewed from the North-West with Plange Mühle and Betonsilo in the background © ingenhoven architects
Pier One, viewed from the North with Hyatt, MedienHafen (Media Harbour) and the television tower © ingenhoven architects
The future location of Pier One between Plange Mühle and Hyatt, overlooking the city centre of Düsseldorf © ingenhoven architects / HG Esch
places for people
The architecture is based on the lightness of typical pier buildings. Two five-storey building sections with an additional staggered storey and projecting roof terraces rise above a parking level and are connected by a public atrium.
Generous 21, 500 square metres of gross floor space offer room for offices, showrooms, or a hotel. The ground floor attracts the public with an assortment of cafés, restaurants, and unexpected perspectives.
Together with the two spacious public squares – with a view of the city to the north, the Kesselpark to the south, and the four bridges – a new public space on the water is being created: a new location for Düsseldorf.
Pier One, cafe and public square overlooking the harbour and the city centre of Düsseldorf © ingenhoven architects
supergreen®, a term that ingenhoven architects has not only coined but also copyrighted, is a comprehensive concept. It entails an awareness of energy and resources, both in the design, construction and operation and in the realization of the building and its use. It includes the primary and secondary energy levels of the materials used, the equipment and building process and the use of resources over the building’s lifetime.
As Christoph Ingenhoven puts it: “We have realized buildings all over the world according to the highest certification standards. But we aim for a holistic commitment that reaches further. What we also have to ask ourselves when building: What’s going on with spatial psychology? How do people feel in spaces? What can I do so that people feel good, feel safe and don’t get sick? All that is meant when we speak of supergreen®-architecture
Low Carbon Mobility + Mobility HubA mobility hub, including end of trip facilities (showers & changing rooms), bike-and car sharing facilities, bike repair stations, and electric vehicle charging stations promote carbon neutral travel
Efficient Ventilation SystemPorous floor plan layouts and operable ventilation units allow for natural cross ventilation, promoting a healthy and pandemic proof work place
Surface Heating/CoolingThe low tech cooling and heating system uses a suspended ceiling to create high comfort conditions in the office spaces
Thermal AutarkyThe indoor environment comfort is largely controlled by the use of natural ventilation, external sunshading and highly effective thermal insulation, reducing the need for heating and cooling
Carbon Neutral BuildingPhotovoltaic generates electricity covering the energy demand of the building, making Pier One a carbon neutral building
No Heat Island EffectExternal sunshading, green roofs, and sun adaptive building techniques minimize heat island effects
Intelligent Energy Management SystemIn the operation phase a simulation based energy management system is used to measure and optimize the energy standard
Recyclable & Recycled MaterialsThe construction is reduced to a reasonable minimum and follows the Cradle to Cradle design principles. Materials are recyclable or recycled, locally sourced and healthy
Healthy BuildingIndoor air quality, material selection, noise levels, smell, daylight, artificial lighting and electrical emissions have been carefully considered in regard to well being to promote a healthy and productive work environment
Minimal FootprintSupported by pillars, only 5% of the surface area touches the water and therefore minimizes the environmental footprint of the building
Working on WaterProximity to the water has positive effects on the well being of humans including reduced stress, lower blood pressures, increased feelings of tranquility and positive emotional responsiveness
Recycling: Waste ManagementWaste reduction and waste avoidance
Sustainable Water ManagementA highly efficient water system design incorporates rain water harvesting and water saving technologies, to ensure that no additional potable water needs to be added to the water cycle