Floor area: approx. 8,000 m2
Work phases: 1-5 + artistic supervision
Project team: Rieke Schepker, Nils Lamm, Alexander Trinks, Ingrid Husanu, Viviane Schaumburg
Client: moderne stadt GmbH
The name Clouth is inextricably bound up with the industrial history of Cologne. Franz Clouth´s factory produced mainly rubber goods for over 140 years. In 2005 the City of Cologne acquired the 14.5-hectare company site in the district of Nippes and commissioned the local-authority planning association “moderne stadt” to develop it. As part of an urban development competition, a master plan was drawn up for Clouth – and based on this Stefan Forster Architekten has designed a new residential building in the heart of the new development, on Luftschiffplatz. The design is for an L-shaped building volume, which together with the buildings opposite forms a perimeter block development with openings at intervals around the block edge. The façade is modulated by means of an incised roofline, a technique which also emphasises the identity of the individual sections within the building. Quality materials, fine clinker brick detailing and a differentiated façade design characterise this new residential development. By 2021 77 apartments are being created – with two to four rooms – and all with generously sized outside areas.