Cologne Airport — Terminal M

Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time:

Construction time:
2003 — 2004

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
structural and facade engineering

Flughafen Köln-Bonn GmbH/Germany

H.G. Esch, Hennef/Germany

On a surface of 130 x 30 m, a new terminal was created at the Cologne/Bonn Airport in order to cope with the constantly rising number of passengers, especially in the low-cost carrier section. The hall structure is made of arched roof trusses, consisting of welded steel sections. These trusses span over the interior without any columns.

Horizontal bracing is achieved through several slanting hinged columns. Another specific aspect is the extremely transparent facade of the terminal and of the various connecting bridges. This transparency is essentially achieved with the help of a slim load-bearing structure and glass pads that are arranged in the joints of the glass panes.