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Flora, Cologne, Germany

Architect: Egger Kolb Architekten

The former Palm House, was built in 1863 in the sym­me­tri­cally orga­nised bota­nical garden in Cologne. Origi­nally built according to the vision of a "glass palace", the Flora was des­troyed during the war and a series of con­ver­sions fol­lowed. The listed building underwent general refur­bish­ment between 2007 and 2014 during which the original structure was res­tored. The cross-shaped barrel roof which origi­nally covered the building, magni­fi­cent in its heyday, will also be rein­s­tated as part of the con­ver­sion.
The refur­bish­ment res­tores the original charm of the building, taking the cons­traints of the con­serva­tion order into account and adapts the building to the modern-day require­ments of safety tech­no­logy, barrier freedom and sus­tainability.

The Stuttgart firm of architects Egger Kolb super­vised the demoli­tion of incongruous addi­tions, and replaced them with a glazed exten­sion con­tai­ning the necessary ancillary rooms and hall spaces on the first floor. Situated adja­cent to the listed building fabric, it has an architectural language of form which is decisively con­tem­porary in feel.
The main entrance is accessed on one level from the car park, and is the­re­fore on the lower ground floor of the building.
A foyer in the new exten­sion is linked to the his­toric hall on the ground floor, and which can also be closed off. Further rooms for holding events are located on the first floor and in the roof of the exten­sion. An attrac­tive domed hall now inhabits the space under­neath the cross-shaped barrel roof. The base­ment of the exten­sion con­tains a large pro­duc­tion kit­chen which is linked to satellite kit­chens that serve the halls directly. The corner towers were con­verted into stairwells, the floors are inter­connected by cen­tral pan­or­amic lifts.
The ter­races adja­cent to the building were rede­si­gned and equipped for gas­tro­nomic use.

GU solu­tion: panic locks, automatic sliding doors


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Impressionen von der Bau 2019
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