Germany, Cologne 

New Heart Center at the University Hospital of Cologne


Competition 2002 – 1st Prize
Design Volkwin Marg
Team Karen Bleck, Sarah Coenes, Clemens Dost, Michael Haase,
Jutta Hartmann-Pohl, Birgit Helbich, Monika Kaesler, Stephanie Kraemer,
Nicole Pervolz, Simone Ripp, Eyke Meuser, Sven Greiser
Medical technology IMV Ing.-Büro für Medizin- und Versorgungstechnik
Structural engineers Kempen Krause Ingenieurgesellschaft
Technical building equipment Brendel Ingenieure; Relles Ingenieure
Light planning Lichtplanung A. Hartung
Landscape design arbos; FSW
Client University Hospital Cologne, represented by Medfacilities
Gross floor area 29,700 m²
Construction period 2004–2007



Juergen Schmidt

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Equipped with the latest medical technology, the Cardiac Center welcomes patients and visitors with a glazed 12-m-high entrance and lightfilled reception lobby as high as the building. Deciduous trees with benches beneath them and warm materials such as cherry wood make the five-storey lobby an attractive place to spend time, its atmosphere resembling more a hotel than a clinic.

The wards are decorated in light, friendly colors. Patients have private rooms at their disposal, also meeting rooms for relatives and friends. The Children’s Cardiology department on the 2nd floor has a parents’ room and playroom linked to a playground framed by green pergolas. The nursing wards on the 3rd floor are notable for their storey-high glazing and wood paneling. Each pair of double rooms has a day room with a loggia outside.

The column beam facade of the new H-shaped building is clad in light shell limestone. Reddish-tinted aluminum shades in front of the large glazed surfaces lend the classical facade additional structure, giving the building a distinctive look.