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A residential jewel in the heart of Kiel's old town

External view of one of the Schlossquartier Kiel building wings. The corner building has six storeys with a clinker brick facade, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. The top floor is set back slightly. There is a retail outlet on the ground floor.
Facts and Figures
Company PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA
PrincipalNGEG Objekt Schlossquartier GmbH & Co. KG
LocationKiel - Germany
Type Residential construction
Runtime01.2016 - 02.2019

Superb quality of life with a view of Kiel Harbour

PORR was the main contractor for a LEED-certified residential complex in the heart of Kiel’s old town, comprising 213 flats in six sections.  The project includes the residential building numbering 130 owner-occupied flats and 83 rental flats, seven commercial spaces on the ground floor and an underground car park for 184 vehicles. PORR was responsible from the project from the planning and cost estimation stage – handled by PORR Design & Engineering – through to turnkey handover.

The challenge: building in the city centre

The central urban location of the project made for particularly challenging construction site logistics. The adjacent St. Nikolai church, almost 800 years old, could not be subjected to any vibrations. Noisy construction activities were frequently ruled out due to the nearby Norddeutschen Rundfunk TV studio.

Manually built robust clinker brick facade

Architects Schnittger Architekten + Partner and bbp : architekten bda designed a timeless residential complex that blends perfectly into Kiel's historic surroundings. The Schlossquartier’s facade is clad with clinker masonry bricks, using different brick and joint colours for each construction section. The clinker bricks were assembled entirely by hand and are highly resistant to the coastal winds and driving rain.

Superb living conditions

The flats in Schlossquartier Kiel feature an air extraction system and external air inlets in the facade. Exhaust air is drawn away by central extraction fans on the roofs of the various buildings and vented over the rooftops. External air inlets noiselessly supply fresh air to the apartments. This type of home ventilation guarantees a pleasant indoor climate at all times, without having to open any windows. 

LEED Gold certification

The Schlossquartier is one of the few residential buildings in Germany to boast a Gold LEED certificate. Before the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” certification can be awarded, each individual building is subjected to its own inspection cycle.


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