harbour properties

Vision Pier One

Creating Connections

With Pier One, a spectacular new building is making its mark in Düsseldorf’s harbour. The building hovers above the water on 160 piles. Planned according to the highest environmental standards, it offers space for high-quality offices, showrooms, cafés, and restaurants.

An exceptional location with short distances – four new, filigree bridges connect Pier One with Speditionsstrasse, Kesselstrasse, and Weizenmühlenstrasse, creating a direct link to its distinguished neighbours at the Media Harbour. This also creates a new infrastructure at Düsseldorf’s harbour, which removes outmoded divisions between work and leisure, retail and industry.

Based on an idea by Christoph Ingenhoven, the project is being developed by harbour properties. Start of construction: 2022; completion: 2025.

Pier One, view from the west. Short distances and new connections at the Düsseldorf harbour. © ingenhoven associates / Alexander Schmitz

Christoph Ingenhoven © ingenhoven associates / Max Brunnert

With Pier One, we are creating a lively new location – on the water, for Düsseldorf. Connecting the different harbour zones removes outmoded boundaries between work, leisure, retail, and industry.

Christoph Ingenhoven

Pier One, view from the northwest. Plange Mühle main building with its historic clock tower, Holzsilo, and Betonsilo (both historic silos). © ingenhoven associates

View of the Pier One west wing with the Hyatt Hotel, Media Harbour, and Düsseldorf TV tower in the background. © ingenhoven associates

Future site of Pier One between Plange Mühle and the Hyatt Hotel, with a view of downtown Düsseldorf (situation in 2019, before renovation Betonsilo). © ingenhoven associates / HG Esch

Places for People

The architecture is based on the lightness of typical pier buildings. Two five-story building sections – the East Wing and West Wing – each enjoy an additional stacked floor plus a generous roof terrace. The two wings are connected by an enclosed winter garden that is flooded with natural light.

The generous gross floor area of 21,500 m2 provides space for highly flexible offices and showrooms. The ground floor invites visitors to enjoy a variety of cafés, restaurants, and extraordinary views.

It extends into two spacious public plazas – in the northeast with a view to the city, and in the southwest facing the Kesselpark. Together with the four bridges, this forms a new public space on the water. A new location for Düsseldorf.

View from the café on Pier One’s northeast plaza across the harbour to downtown Düsseldorf. © ingenhoven associates


Pier One is certified according to the highest green building standards: LEED Platinum, DGNB Platinum, and WiredScore Gold. It is designed according to cradle-to-cradle principles. This means it meets the highest ESG criteria, which are driving the sustainable transformation of construction via the EU taxonomy.

We are guided by our own supergreen® concept. Our buildings are climate-positive, meaning we consider their entire life cycle during the planning process. Our principle of «replacement» means we give back the biocapacity we take away from the earth through targeted building concepts. At Pier One, which is built on a pile foundation in the water, we developed a unique site-specific response to support aquatic wildlife and biodiversity. We build in an «extracurricular» way – meaning we bring added value to the area by creating new public spaces. We build inclusively. We are convinced that resilient buildings can help mitigate the effects of global warming that are already being felt today.

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    Promote carbon-free mobility
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    Minimised heating and cooling loads
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    Photovoltaics & district heating

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    Intelligent building management system
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    Cradle-to-cradle design
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    High-efficiency ventilation systems, hybrid ventilation options
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    Minimal CO₂ footprint
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    Maximum use of low-hazard materials
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    Recycling & waste management
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    Sustainable water management
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    New public spaces
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    Inclusion & maximum accessibility
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    Working on the water

Pier One facts & credits


Pier – Kesselstrasse, Düsseldorf Harbour

Office, gastronomy, hotel possible in Plan B

GFA above ground
21,768 m²

LEED Platinum, DGNB Platin, WiredScore Gold


harbour properties

ingenhoven associates

structural design
Schüssler Plan GmbH, Werner Sobek AG

building services
WINTER Beratende Ingenieure für Gebäudetechnik GmbH

green building
Drees & Sommer SE

façade design
Drees & Sommer SE

Tropp Lighting Design GmbH

C2C (Cradle to Cradle) Platinum

building physics, energy concept, certification
Drees & Sommer SE

geotechnology, plaxis model
ICG Ingenieure GmbH

engineering survey
Vermessungsbüro Töpfer und Totzek

fire safety design
BPK Fire Safety Consultants GmbH & Co. KG

traffic planning
Lindschulte Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Durth Roos Consulting GmbH

mobility concept
inno2grid GmbH

wind analysis
Wacker Ingenieure GmbH

building botany and aquatic ecology


development plan

start of construction