Between Bonn's city center and Bad Godesberg lies the Federal Quarter, which covers about 481 hectares. After Bonn was designated as the federal capital in 1949, the first ministries and facilities were built in the 1950s, and the urban development project "Bonn - Parliament and Government Quarter" was implemented starting in 1975. Following the Bonn-Berlin decision in 1991, planning for the area was modified. In the urban development implementation, special emphasis was placed on high quality standards in architectural competition procedures. With the Post Tower, which opened in 2003 and is 162.5 meters high, the tallest building in Germany outside Frankfurt/Main, the architect Jahn from Chicago was also able to realize a real landmark for the "new" Bonn.
In May 2020, the Council adopted a new framework plan for the future development of the Bundesviertel. This was preceded by a planning workshop in which the proposals of the Cityförster office prevailed as trend-setting. In addition to the focus as an office location, more people should also be able to live in the Bundesviertel in the future in order to make the location more urban and lively. To this end, the range of gastronomy, local supply, cultural and leisure facilities is to be further strengthened. This development should be compatible with urban design and the urban climate. At the same time, it is important to promote sustainable mobility behavior by expanding the range of public transport and cycling options.
Dynamic office location
With around 1.2 million square meters of office space, the Bundesviertel is by far the most important office submarket in Bonn. Heavily dominated by large properties, the average office space per property in the Bundesviertel is over 4,100 square meters. More than a quarter of the stock has only been built since 2000, and the estimated number of jobs in the Bundesviertel will be around 48,000 at the end of 2022.
Several large new office buildings have also been constructed in the Federal Quarter in recent years, and a number are in the planning stage: For example, the new extension for the United Nations Climate Protection Secretariat could be completed in 2022. The sustainable and particularly energy-efficient building provides space for 330 employees, who have already moved in. Under the name "Neuer Kanzlerplatz" (New Chancellor Square), Art-Invest has developed a quarter with around 60,000 square meters of office space in three buildings for a total of 4,500 employees on the former Bonn Center site. The project, which will be completed in 2022, has been given a striking solitaire with a height of 101.5 meters and comprises 28 floors. In addition to the Design Offices with their "corporate coworking" offerings, the main tenants are Postbank, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank already located in Bonn, the IT group Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and likewise the IT consulting firm CONET. The CONET Group moved its headquarters from Hennef to Bonn in the fall of 2022 and has already moved in with around 700 employees. Also in the Federal Quarter, the campus for ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) in Bonn is being built. The campus will be built on the federally owned site in Bad Godesberg-Nord on Ludwig-Erhard-Allee near the BMU and, in addition to the office building, will also include a conference building and a company restaurant. Landmarken Bonn Green Canyon GmbH will also build a new office complex with around 17,300 square meters of floor space in the federal district. Between Godesberger Allee and Am Dreizehnmorgenweg, two new seven- and five-story buildings with 7,450 square meters and 9,860 square meters will thus be built.
The Bonner Bogen
The Bonner Bogen is the name given to an approximately 12.2-hectare development area directly on the Rhine in Bonn-Ramersdorf. A cement factory was located there between 1858 and 1987. In 1988, the buildings were completely demolished except for three listed buildings. Since 2003, the Bonn-Visio company has been developing various projects on eight building sites according to the outline planning of architect Karl-Heinz Schommer. The investors' aim was to create space for around 4,000 jobs in a quarter with offices, apartments, restaurants, practices, a Life & Style hotel and a kindergarten on the site with around 150,000 square meters of gross floor area (100,000 square meters above ground, 50,000 square meters below ground). Around 50 companies have moved into the buildings at Bonner Bogen in recent years, including Dedalus HealthCare GmbH with its German headquarters, the internationally renowned Beta Klinik, the innovative Scopevisio AG, a research college of the University of Bonn and the Digital Hub Region Bonn. The mix of uses and the new "start-up culture" have enabled the Bonn Arc to further distinguish itself. The Bonn Visio Group is currently implementing several projects, including the development of the new Innovation Greenhouse (IGH). Construction is scheduled to start in 2023, and the building will have 3,500 square meters of leasable space. It will be constructed according to high ecological standards and will have a green roof and photovoltaics.
High quality framework planning
The focal point and architectural feature of the Bonn Arc is the Hotel Kameha Grand Bonn. It has 254 rooms and offers event areas for 2,500 people. The hotel has received various awards, such as the Mipim Award 2010 for the best hotel project worldwide. The Campus Rheinwerk 3 office complex, which comprises around 21,500 square meters of office and catering space, completed the Bonner Bogen toward the Rhine front in 2014. The software provider SER is represented in the first building block, while Sirtex Medical Europe, the data protection experts 2B Advice, Plancal Service- und Entwicklungs GmbH and the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management, chefkoch.de and Accenture, for example, have taken up their activities in the other two building blocks. In the rear area of the site, Ewald Hohr Projektentwicklungen aims to develop a 33,000-square-meter area uniformly in the style of classical modernism. The first construction phase with 16,000 square meters of floor space has already been completed. The headquarters of the Dohle retail group, which operates the Hit stores, moved from Siegburg to Bonn in 2023 and offers 200 employees a new modern workplace in the Rhein-Palais.
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