Düsseldorf | KII

The new center for düsseldorf

The future-oriented architecture of the KII not only shapes the new Düsseldorf city centre it uniquely reinterprets modern, mixed-use commercial buildings. KII is an exclusive, climate-friendly, and sustainable commercial and office building ensemble and combines 24,000 m2 of prestigious retail and gastronomy spaces, 6,000 m2 of office space as well as infrastructure facilities with 668 parking spaces. First class space design and luxurious construction quality offer leading international brands optimum conditions for the erection of flagship stores. Innovative office concepts can be implemented here. The architectonic highlight is Europe’s larges green façade — an exemplary reply by cities to climate change.

The green façade of KII with an eight-kilometre long hornbeam hedge, unique in Europe, is an excellent contribution to environmental and climate protection and expression of the entire ensemble’s sustainability. With the scientific advice of the Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin it has been assured that the hedge serves as permanent heat buffer and natural air conditioning. The 30,000 hornbeam plants function as an inner-city energy transformer, 40 per cent of the energy absorbed is converted into water vapour, leading to an ambient cooling effect. The plants absorb fine dust and CO2 and produce oxygen. The ecological benefit corresponds to that of 80 deciduous trees. During construction of KII a resource saving, innovative building concept was implemented in which foundation and structural elements were erected parallel using the so-called lid construction method. KII was awarded pre-certification in platinum for its sustainability by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

The KII commercial and office building ensemble constitutes an outstanding redefinition of the heart of Düsseldorf and serves the function of a link between the exclusive Königs-Allee and the Schadow-Strasse shopping precinct. KII is an aesthetic and functional lighthouse project for improvement of inner-city living, working, and recreational quality.

Awards, Nominations

Immobilienmanager Award 2021 – Category "New Project Development"
Green GOOD DESIGN Award 2021
Design Educates Awards 2021 – Gold Prize
Shortlist DAM-Preis 2022
Shortlist WAF Awards 2021 – Category "Mixed Use"
Shortlist WAN Awards 2021 – Category "Mixed Use"
Shortlist ABB Leaf Awards 2021
Shortlist Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis 2021
ICONIC Awards 2021 – Best of Best
Polis Award 2019, 1st place in the "Reactivated Centers" category
MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award - Mixed-Use, recognition