Between the city centre of Bonn and Bad Godesberg lies the Bundesviertel, which covers about 481 hectares. After Bonn was designated as the federal capital in 1949, the first ministries and institutions were built in the 1950s, and from 1975 the urban development measure "Bonn - Parliament and Government Quarter" was implemented. Following the Bonn-Berlin resolution in 1991, the plans for the area were modified. During the urban development implementation, special emphasis was placed on high quality standards in architectural competition procedures. With the Post Tower, opened in 2003 and 162.5 metres high, the highest building in Germany outside Frankfurt/Main, Chicago-based architect Jahn was also able to create 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 were accepted as trend-setting. In addition to its focus as an office location, more people should be able to live in the Bundesviertel in the future 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 both urban design and the urban climate. At the same time, the aim is to promote sustainable mobility behaviour by expanding the range of public transport and cycling services.
Dynamic office location
The Bundesviertel is by far the most important office submarket in Bonn with approximately 1.2 million square meter of office space. Strongly influenced by large properties, the average office space per property in the Bundesviertel is over 4,100 square meter. More than a quarter of the stock has only been built since the year 2000, the estimated number of jobs in the Bundesviertel is about 45,500 for the year 2019.
In recent years, several large new office buildings have been constructed in the Bundesviertel and several are in the planning stage: The "Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)", for example, has completed its two new building projects with sizes of 28,000 square meter and 16,000 square meter respectively and for a total of 1,350 employees and has already moved in completely. The "Haus der Höfe" with about 7,500 square meter of office space has also been completed, with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) acting as the main tenant, occupying 60 percent of the space.
Under the project name "Neuer Kanzlerplatz", Art-Invest is developing a quarter on the former site of the Bonn Center with around 60,000 square meter of office space in three buildings for a total of 4,500 employees. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2022, will include a striking solitaire with a height of 101.5 metres and will comprise 28 storeys. Upon completion of the buildings, the investment company Union Investment will take over the entire ensemble as owner. Another important project is being driven by the DAX-listed Deutsche Post DHL Group. The logistics company has acquired an 11,500 square meter site in the Bundesviertel from the city of Bonn in 2019. Over the next few years, new buildings are to be erected on a total area of around 16,000 square meter, providing space for a total of around 2,500 jobs.
The Bonner Bogen
The Bonner Bogen is a development area of about 12.2 ha with direct access to the Rhine in Bonn-Ramersdorf. Between 1858 and 1987 a cement factory was located there. 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 construction sites according to the framework planning of the architect Karl-Heinz Schommer. The aim of the investors was to create space for around 4,000 workplaces in a quarter with offices, apartments, restaurants, medical practices, a life & style hotel and a kindergarten on an area with a gross floor area of around 150,000 square meters (100,000 square meters above ground, 50,000 square meters underground). Around 50 companies have moved into the buildings at the Bonner Bogen in recent years, including Agfa Health Care AG with its headquarters, Media Broadcast GmbH, the internationally renowned Beta Klinik, the innovative Scopevisio AG, a research college of the University of Bonn and the Digital Hub Region Bonn. Thanks to the mix of uses and the new "start-up culture", the Bonner Bogen has been able to further distinguish itself.
High-quality framework planning
The Kameha Grand Bonn Hotel is considered to be the centre and architectural feature of the Bonner Bogen. 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. With the office campus Rheinwerk 3, which comprises approximately 21,500 square meter of office and gastronomy space, the Bonner Bogen was completed in 2014 towards the Rhine front. In the first building block, the software provider SER is represented, and in the other two building blocks, for example, Sirtex Medical Europe, the experts for data protection 2B Advice, Plancal Service- und Entwicklungs GmbH and the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management, chefkoch.de and Accenture have started work. At the rear of the site, Ewald Hohr Wohnungsbau is currently developing a 33,000 square meter area in a uniform style of classic modernism. The first construction phase with 16,000 square meter of floor space has already been completed. On the other side of the railway tracks, a new building with 10,500 square meter of office space has also been constructed, which is used by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with approximately 350 employees.