Brick sculpture on the Rhine

Set in an exquisite location on the bank of the River Rhine and commanding impressive views, the “Rheintower” in Cologne-Mülheim sets new standards for urban living.

The architects commissioned to design the façade, kister scheithauer gross architekten und stadtplaner based in Cologne/Leipzig (ksg), developed an unconventional façade architecture, creating a distinctive identity. Curved balconies and numerous rounded features give the building a vibrant, sculptural appearance that varies significantly depending on the angle of view and emphasizes the sophisticated complexity of the building envelope.

The brick slips designed and produced in close consultation between the brick specialist and ksg specifically for the project constitute the successful realization of the idea of giving the high-rise an opalescent outer skin. The brick slips accentuate the imposing curves of the building. The black brick slips have been installed vertically, following the curves of the floor plan. Embossed grooves reflect light onto the dark brick surface. The horizontal joints have been offset, creating the impression of a swirl that spirals up the building. Light and its reflections are a significant design element that gives the building structure plasticity and movement.

Architect: kister scheithauer gross architekten und stadtplaner, Köln/Leipzig (ksg), Germany

Façade cladding: Ströher GmbH, Dillenburg, Germany


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