Danish architects COBE have designed the transformation planned for Cologne, a 2000-year-old city in Western Germany – from an old industrial harbor into an eco-friendly neighborhood organized around a huge waterfall and a large public pool. The architects won the recent competition organized by Cologne-based urban development company, Moderne Stadt.


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COBE collaborated with German engineers Transsolar and German firm Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl on the design of the project, resulting in a development that features an innovative water strategy and rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater is collected to sustain the pool and waterfall, the centerpieces of the masterplan connected by an innovative transportation network. The architects had to address the strong tides from the Rhine River and incorporate them into the design. They envisioned different zones, some of which are intended to flood while others remain dry.

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“COBE is very smartly questioning which of the existing buildings to keep and how to translate the old structures into a new harbor district. Out of all the insights gained in the public process, COBE has developed highly specific answers for the harbor development,” said Franz-Josef Höing, director of urban development in the municipality of Cologne and chairman of the competition jury.

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