Deiker Höfe
The dynamic townhouse. Lively, green, inclusive.
  • Location
    Düsseldorf
  • Project
    New urban quarter with residential, retail, office, hotel, gastronomy, daycare center, 2 underground parking lots
  • Client
    Black Horse Properties GmbH
  • Architect of record
    Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer und Sonja Gallo
  • Project controlling
    Holtmann management consulting, Düsseldorf
  • Implementation planning architecture construction site north
    BM+P, Düsseldorf
  • Technical building equipment
    HTW Ingenieurgesellschaft, Düsseldorf (service phases 1–4, service phase 5 construction site south)
  • Implementation planning (technical building equipment, construcion site north)
    KD-Plan, Hiddenhausen
  • Structural engineering
    WSK Ingenieure, Düsseldorf (construction site south)
    IDK Kleinjohann, Cologne (construction site north)
  • Fire protection
    Ökotec, Schwalmtal
  • Landscape architecture
    WKM Landschaftsarchitekten, Düsseldorf
  • Facade planning
    DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft, Cologne
  • Building physics
    Peutz Consult, Düsseldorf
  • Planning and construction period
    2014–2025
  • Service phases
    1–7
  • Gross floor area (AG/BG)
    66,440 m²/30,609 m²
  • Visualizations
    caspar.;
    Konzept3D
  • This project is from the joint period of meyerschmitzmorkramer.

There are tasks whose complexity makes us think in a completely new way: How can we develop a vibrant district along a main traffic artery, Danziger Strasse, seamlessly integrating a hotel, coworking spaces, local amenities, and a daycare center into the existing fabric of smaller buildings? How can we fuse living and working into an innovative new structure that advances Düsseldorf as a city? Deiker Höfe, which presented us with these questions, goes beyond being a mere mix of diverse functions. With over 350 apartments, a 140-room hotel, 14,500 square meters of office space, 3,500 square meters of retail and restaurants, and a mobility station, this project is a vital urban building block in the north of Düsseldorf. Located almost midway between Nordpark and Nordfriedhof, Deiker Höfe is envisioned as a new hub for urban life. Lively, green, and inclusive – these were the guiding principles for Deiker Höfe. Its undulating western facade diffuses the energy of the expressway, while the eastern side connects to an existing cluster of smaller buildings.

“No other project reflects better and in a more diverse way the thoughts we have had for a long time about public space, about the relationship between built space and open space – and also about sustainability. It has to be more than CO2 reduction, because without intelligent urban development, without high-quality public space, without togetherness, it will not exist.”

Bringing opposites together

Balancing high-energy movement flows with the desire for tranquility and people-friendly structures poses an urban design challenge. We conceived the Deiker Höfe as a nearly closed, six-part block development with landscaped public and semi-public courtyards. Along the street, soundproofing walls span the gaps between buildings, enveloping the offices, hotel complex, and open spaces in the form of a glass ribbon lined with wooden strips. At times, the structure appears to be in motion, evoking the image of a glass veil gracefully lifting. This captivating imagery aptly reflects the ensemble’s effortlessly buoyant ambiance along the bustling Danziger Strasse. The protective shell, with its timber slat construction and glazed double facade, conveys an extroverted presence facing the street, then shifts to a more serene aesthetic along the rear residential buildings. The design cleverly accommodates a wide range of functions, concealing entrance areas, the hotel lobby, underground parking access, and deliveries behind the glass wave, while discreetly housing essential technical installations along its upper edge. Despite its spectacular appearance on Danziger Strasse, the new building maintains a human scale within the urban setting.

At home in the city

In contrast to the adjacent housing estate to the east, the new Deiker Höfe buildings maintain a modest height of only three to four stories high. They respond to the established neighborhood with its old trees, intending to preserve and incorporate them into the new development. The choice of materials plays a pivotal role in this integration: wood and clinker brick reference the Lower Rhine courtyard typology and emanate a warm atmosphere, while concrete elements and light metal cladding set accents in the facade. To the south, a lively square is taking shape, opening to the adjacent Deikerstrasse neighborhood. With retail, daycare, and restaurants, it can become a vibrant focal point for this diverse community, and with its service point and mobility station, draw in residents from the surrounding neighborhoods.

The second square of this new quarter, located to the north, is mainly defined by the existing green corridor of lush, mature trees and children’s playgrounds, providing homes for families along with spaces for offices and dining. Here, townhouses with private gardens are being erected, linked by an internal staircase across three floors that provides direct access to the underground parking facility. Currently featuring 640 spaces below grade, this parking solution frees the above-ground area from congestion from parked vehicles. With Deiker Höfe, we aim to demonstrate how the 21st-century European city can evolve for the better – into a multifaceted coexistence that does not overwhelm existing neighborhoods but thoughtfully develops them by recognizing and respecting residents, considering their wishes and needs.

Project team
  • Fabio Di Franco
  • Anita Seidner
  • Volker Viviani
  • Rosella Alvir Grau
  • Yannick Bilsdorfer
  • Can Birkal
  • Christina Enke
  • Roman Funk
  • Tobias Goße
  • Fernando González Cardero
  • Beate Groß
  • Neele Hasselbring
  • Kai Hesse
  • Jan Hofmann
  • Jan Jermer-Urban
  • Veronika Kriege
  • Martin Mellis
  • Azadeh Najib
  • Felix Quecke
  • Fabian Reckers
  • Kristina Rhiemeier
  • Anna Rozwadowska
  • Timon Schneider
  • Claus Spitzer
  • Dijana Taseva
  • Carlos Tinoco de Castilla
  • Maik Voit
  • Verena Wagner
  • Leonard Wefing
  • Angeline Ziegler