The iconic design from MVRDV inspired the entire DES GmbH team to create something truly special.
A new multi-use building has been planned for the North German state capital Kiel by the renowned architectural firm MVRDV. The building complex located in an industrial area near to the main train station will offer space for a hotel, residences, businesses and events in two towers and an opening foyer. DES GmbH is responsible for planning the building services (cost group 400 as per DIN 276) for work stages 1-4 as part of the project with approx. 68,000 sqm gross floor area. KoolKiel is a BIM project. All planners work together agilely and digitally on a shared model – the DIGITAL TWIN.
Schleswig-Holstein’s hydrogen hopes. The use of fuel cells is being tested in Kiel, the state capital. We look forward to discovering which energy concept will come out on top.
One of the two towers is designed to be movable, creating space for loggias, green terraces and flexible floor plans. Its entire façade will be constructed from modular, prefabricated elements designed by various artists. The second tower will provide office space. The foyer on the ground floor will offer a venue for events. Behind Kiel’s two new landmark towers, the construction site extends further and completes the quarter with space for residences, social living and businesses. The unique architecture of KoolKiel also requires new approaches in terms of technology. To meet this demand, DEM GmbH has taken on the challenge of merging high-tech business services with the unique architecture from MVRDV to create a flawless overall concept.
Does the future of neighbourhoods lie in hydrogen and fuel cells?
KoolKiel is a highly innovative project in a number of ways beyond its use of BIM planning. DES GmbH is developing a sustainable and innovative energy concept to simultaneously guarantee cost effectiveness for use of the buildings whilst keeping an eye to the future. In addition, the use of state-of-the-art and CO2 neutral hydrogen technology is being tested for the implementation phase. To meet the requirements of the project, tried and trust methods have been merged with visionary ideas to create a new symbiosis of technology and design. Only in this way will we be able to achieve the ambitious climate goals set by the Paris Agreement. As a result, the KoolKiel project has the ability to support Schleswig-Holstein in becoming the top hydrogen-producing state in Germany. STAY TUNED.