Cologne Airport – Terminal M

Architecture
Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2003

Construction time
2003 − 2004

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 − 6 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
Facade engineering (LPH 1 − 8 acc. to UBF)

GFA
8,800 m²

Client
Flughafen Köln-Bonn GmbH/Germany

Photography
HG 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.