New build at Essen’s Opernplatz
Plans for the new Hochtief Headquarters on Essen’s Opernplatz were unveiled today at Essen City Hall in the presence of Mayor Thomas Kufen. sop architekten’s design, winner of an international competition, features an organically shaped building facing the Opernplatz.
The transparent six-storey building, its soft lines echoing the architecture of the neighbouring Aalto Musiktheater, bows to the greater height of the RWE Tower opposite it, responds to the pattern of the roads leading up to it and reflects the height of the surrounding residential buildings with its retreating tiered structure. A lushly greened interior courtyard and wrap-around landscaped terraces and roof gardens create a feeling of wellbeing and play a positive role in improving climate conditions in the city.