After a short construction period, Aachen’s police department moved into a new, ultramodern, and sustainable headquarters building in early 2019. A special feature of this project is that the building was constructed by a public-private partnership (PPP). This is an important flagship project for HOCHTIEF as well.
Cool shapes, clear lines, and practical elegance are attributes that are associated with Bauhaus architecture. This art school is in the news these days because it celebrated its centenary this year. Initially based in Weimar, the Bauhaus later moved to Dessau and then to Berlin. Only a few days after the Bauhaus anniversary in the spring of 2019, the Aachen police department moved into a new headquarters building that would probably have appealed to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. The new building was constructed by HOCHTIEF Infrastructure at the behest of HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions. Cool shapes, clear lines, and practical elegance characterize the building’s facades as well as its nearly 22,500 square meters of rental area.
That’s correct: rental area. The new Aachen Police Headquarters is not only a “great building” from an architectural standpoint, as North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul stated in his speech at its festive inauguration, but also an unusual project. That’s because the new building, which is spectacular but by no means oversized, is the result of a PPP. During the ceremony, Reul called it a “flagship project.”