BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH, Cologne Branch

February 2019 to June 2019

Competition management

New residential neighborhood

Supervising architectural and urban design competitions and providing expert advice to clients is one of the most exciting tasks of our office. Always confronted with new ideas and solutions, always on the cutting edge of architectural discussion.

The Cologne Branch of property developer BPD acquired the former Pallottine area in Rheinbach with a size of approx. 4.6 ha with the intention of building high-quality housing. The city of Rheinbach was concerned about the loss of open space and recreational qualities and also saw the immediately adjacent historic city center at risk. Both parties then decided to run an urban planning competition.The BPD together with the Pallottine Order commissioned us with the competition management. One challenge was the coordination and consensus finding of all participants in the writing of the competition text. In order to give the participants as much creative freedom as possible, the strict specification of both urban planning and housing indicators was dispensed with.

In the jury meeting, the submitted works were discussed controversially and finally a winner was selected, whose design convinced the sponsors and the city in a very positive and harmonious way.

For us, this competition was once again a special experience. The entire process impressively confirmed that different, strongly divergent answers can be given to a given task. It was only in the discussion and interaction within the jury that the correct and appropriate solution for the location was found.