Aesthetical down to the smallest detail. The Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf: With its curved shapes this complex of buildings constitutes an urban planning highlight. Star architect Daniel Libeskind has combined white natural stone and glass. However, apart from smooth fronts there are also diagonal cuts on two sides of the façade into which hanging gardens have been integrated. A bold idea requiring sophisticated implementation. On such an exceptional building every detail counts. Everything has to be just right, from the concept to the quality of the materials. This is where TTC Timmler and ADO Lights make their contribution – with high quality products that fit in perfectly.
This includes unobtrusive slotted drains made from stainless steel to accentuate building outlines with their integrated illumination. Homogeneous grating design to drain the façades all around the Kö-Bogen underlines the aesthetically pleasing overall impression. In the entrance areas the bar spacing was chosen in such a way as to be kind even to stiletto heels. Furthermore, the intelligently finished surfaces of the linear gratings on the doors provide an anti-slip effect. In combination with the embedded doormats this prevents as much dust and other particles as possible from being walked in to the building.
The green inner courtyards are a real highlight: Instead of a comprehensive illumination the atmospheric lighting provides well aimed accent lighting. This is achieved through light lines on the planters – an effect that can also be found in the outdoor area around the intake structures. The trees in the inner courtyards are also put in an atmospheric limelight. This is done using spotlights because their low thermal output does not affect the plants.
The Kö-Bogen won the prestigious MIPIM award. Even from afar the observer can see why but also when he takes a closer look.
Reference Document: Kö-Bogen, Düsseldorf
Photographies: Bernd Haugrund/artdoku.de
Architect: Daniel Libeskind, New York/Zürich