Graf-Adolf-Platz 15, Dusseldorf

A glowing location

Concept

In connection with the 90 m high office building, GAP 15, new development work was carried out on the Graf-Adolf-Platz. The task was to restructure the urban space, define it more precisely, and make it tangible again.

The existing setting, which was characterized primarily by streets and traffic, was radically simplified: floor paving across the whole square, the “elevation” of the park through a gentle modelling of the ground and 40cm-high, metallic green steel borders, the preservation of all the park trees and the removal of the entire shrub-like undergrowth.

The “Mikado” motif of road axes and white illuminated benches between the exclusive shopping street Königsallee and the 21st century art collection of the K21 is the main feature of the design draft.

Low-key arrangements of seating and steles made of natural stone mark the areas in which people are encouraged to linger. A particularly striking element is the very long, linear seating elements made of translucent plastic that are spread across the space like Mikado sticks, extending into the adjacent urban spaces. They creatively enclose the square and transform it into an art space at night. As both sculptural seating and light objects, they very much contribute to giving the Graf-Adolf-Platz a distinct identity.

Client

GAP 15 GmbH, Düsseldorf IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, Düsseldorf

Project period

2002 - 2005

Size

19.250 m²

Type

Public spaces & squares

Location

Germany

Competition

1. Prize „GAP 15“, 2002

Realisation

WES & Partner

Partners

J.S.K Dipl. Ing. Architekten, Düsseldorf

Photos

Till Engels (11,12)
Studio Koslowski (9,10)

Project pictures

WES-GAP15-07-Sessel-Foto-WES
WES-GAP15-10-Modell-Foto-Studio-Koslowski
WES-GAP15-11-Modell-Foto-Studio-Koslowski
WES-GAP15-12-Platz-nachts-Foto-Till-Engels
WES-GAP15-13-Lichtbank-nachts-Foto-Till-Engels
WES-GAP15-14-Lageplan-WES

Awards

 

 

Publications

Nomination

Building of the year 2008

Architekten- und Ingenieurverein (AIV) Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

GAP15
Düsseldorf

with J.S.K Dipl. Ing. Architekten

Gold

Pools and Wellness Facilities 2013

International IOC/IAKS Award

Shanghai (CN)

Oriental Sports Center
Shanghai (CN)

with gmp Architekten
von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Recognition

Good Building Award 2006

Association of German Architects
Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

GAP15
Düsseldorf

with J.S.K Dipl. Ing. Architekten

Trade journal „Wirtschaft & Architektur Rheinland“

Neues Wahrzeichen
in Düsseldorf,
GAP15

VSG Medien, Worms, No. 4/2006

Author: Sascha Gumbinger

GAP15
Düsseldorf

Project presentation