The former Ehrenfeld freight yard is 70,000 square meters in size and is located on the left bank of the Rhine in Cologne. Commercial enterprises and residential buildings characterize the neighborhood. Before, there was no access to the hidden freight yard. The aim of the development was to create a mixed-use quarter with an urban density and a large proportion of living space. In the future, it should be spatially connected to the surrounding area and thus become a genuine part of Ehrenfeld.
Ehrenfeld now enjoys a largely “iconic” image among the people of Cologne as a modern residential and working district. The name for the new district, Ehrenveedel, is derived from the Cologne word Veedel, which means “neighborhood”.
The urban development of this district takes place in different phases. The individual modules are not only approached as successive construction phases, but also as urban building blocks, which create a new, diverse piece of the city.
Six weeks after the approval of the development plan, development started in August 2017. The area is connected to the surrounding transportation infrastructure via Maarweg and Vogelsanger Strasse. In order to protect the future residents from the emissions of the railway, a sound barrier is being built, which blends harmoniously into the overall concept.
The five residential construction sites are embedded in a public green area. These properties have all been sold. The buyers will realize a small-scale mix of very different ownership structures. On the east side of the development area, there are two commercial plots on which three buildings for office, retail, and restaurants are planned. These development projects are overseen by Aurelis. Here, too, we pursue the concept of the "Ehrenfeld mixture”.
Ehrenveedel is expected to be completed in 2021. By then, there will be around 500 residences, a four-part day care center, a public green area, a playground, and around 25,000 square meters of commercial floor space.