Cologne Airport — Terminal 2

Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time:
1995 — 1998

Construction time:
1998 — 2000

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
structural engineering of facades, special structures, and steel structures for multistorey car park

Flughafen Köln-Bonn GmbH/Germany

Frank Alexander Rümmele, Alfter/Germany
H.G. Esch, Hennef/Germany

The rapidly expanding Cologne-Bonn Airport was enlarged by a new terminal building at the end of the 1990s. The completely glazed façade of the new Terminal 2 building is 800 m long. It is divided into sections 40 to 70 m long and varies in height between 10 and 20 metres. The special feature of this façade is that it consists of thermal glazing panels fixed in point-like mountings. This subjects the load-bearing structure to extreme deformation stresses. All sections of the façade are designed on the same principle i.e. as tensioned cable structures.