Quo vadis,

In the first step, the state capital of Düsseldorf and die developer will run a two-stage architecture competition with an internationally renowned group of participants. The objective is to establish an urban development ensemble as the “new heart” of northern Düsseldorf that takes into account and integrates existing pathways. The state capital of Düsseldorf and die developer are placing high demands on the urban planning and architectural quality of the design to create a new future landmark with an influence that extends far beyond the city.

Quo vadis, NHOTB?


The decision will be made on the
winning designs in the first phase of the competition.

The architecture competition for the NEW HEART on the block project started according to schedule in December 2022. The jury’s preliminary discussion and the first participant seminar took place in Düsseldorf in January 2023. This gave the internationally renowned experts on the jury another opportunity to talk to the participants about the most important strategic objectives, and the high expectations placed on their design in terms of urban planning and architectural quality.

The jury will decide on the winning designs for the first phase of the competition at the end of March 2023. This means that the second phase will start in April 2023 and run until the end of August 2023. The public presentation of the final designs in the second phase is planned for 29 August, 2023.


The following architecture firms have confirmed their participation in the planning competition:

3XN Copenhagen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark • BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark • Büro Ole Scheeren, Berlin, Germany • C. F. Moller Architects, Berlin, Germany • David Chipperfield Architects, London, Great Britain • Hadi Teherani Architects, Hamburg, Germany • HPP Architekten GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany • Ingenhoven associates GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany • MVRDV Germany, Rotterdam, Netherlands • UN Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands


…as a foundation and a promise.

The primary objective of the NEW HEART on the block project development is sustainability, both in an ecological and a social sense. The aim is to optimise the micro-climatic conditions at the location on the one hand, while the project should create a new urban element/city block with a wide mix of uses and restore connections within the district on the other. This will maximise the "social return" – the return of quality of life and stay to all citizens.

The facts in detail:

Identity-establishing high-rise ensemble that people can identify with, in a central location, as the new heartbeat of northern Düsseldorf.

Urban planning and architectural landmark whose appeal extends beyond the city limits.

Heights of between 70 and 90 m, up to the "Düsseldorf horizon of tradition" of approximately 100 m are conceivable.

Urban hub with a wide mix of uses that aims to meet future requirements for working, living and housing conditions on site.

Derivation from the urban planning concept for Kennedydamm harmonising with the Sky Office located opposite.

Addition of approximately 55,000 m2 above-ground GSA should be examined.

Pioneering mobility concept for example with mobility point and district garage.

Direct connections to footpaths and cycling paths (Kennedydamm bridge).



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