Many towns and cities are revitalising excess port infrastructure with new utilisation concepts. The three newly built crane houses at Cologne's Rheinauhafen are an excellent example. From the architects' perspective, the three crane houses represent a 'new high-rise building typology': Up to 18 floors, the top five to eight of which are positioned as 70 metre wide crossbeams on top of the comparatively narrow main tower, thereby giving the impression of a quayside crane.
The Kranhaus Süd was the first of three crane houses to be completed. It has more than 16,000 square metres of commercial floor space to let. Kranhaus Süd was classified as Green Building thanks to the engineering measures aimed at enhancing its energy efficiency and was awarded the DGNB quality seal in gold from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen.
JORDAHL GmbH provided JORDAHL® JDA punching shear reinforcement for floors with low formwork and reinforcement requirements, as well as JORDAHL® JTA anchor channels to support utility conduits for the Kranhaus Süd.