The Cradle

The Cradle

The Cradle: Sustainable office building
in Düsseldorf

The Cradle is the first timber hybrid office building in Düsseldorf. Its wood-concrete construction is realised with a holistic sustainability concept through a striking, diamond-shaped facade of glass and wood, which gives the building its unique appearance. The three basement floors and the ground floor will be made of concrete, five full storeys and a staggered storey of wood. This will create a total of 5,200 m² of office space and 600 m² of space for gastronomy. The name “The Cradle” is inspired by the Cradle to Cradle principle, according to which the building is constructed. This ensures that as far as possible all components remain in the biological or technical cycle. This means, among other things, that dismantling and the possibilities for further use or re-use are already planned before assembly. This special building already won several awards during the construction phase.

The Cradle
at a glance

Deconstructable wooden structures
from DERIX

The special look of the building facade is created by trusses made of glulam (larch) in combination with glass. The trusses are aligned in their shape and size so that they additionally serve as sun protection. The internal supports and beams are partly made of purchased construction beech and partly of glulam (spruce). X-LAM (spruce) is used for the ceiling structures. There are no glued connections, only screw and plug-in connections, which allow easy dismantling.
Building project The Cradle, Speditionsstraße 2, 40221 Düsseldorf,
Construction Wood hybrid
Completion planned 2022
Usable space brutto approx. 10,400 m2
Volume of the wooden components approx. 2,200 m3
Stored CO2 1,677 tCO2
Avoided CO2 1,551 tCO2
Regrowth speed in german forests 66 minutes
Building owner Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft Speditionstraße mbH& Co. KG c/o INTERBODEN Innovative Gewerbewelten GmbH & Co. KG,
Statics SJB Ingenieure (CH)
3-D model Design To Production (CH)
Architects HPP Architekten GmbH, D-Düsseldorf,
Manufacture, delivery and assembly of the wooden elements DERIX-Group

Prizes & Awards
for The Cradle

ArchitektenAWARD 2020

In 2020, The Cradle was a prize winner at the Heinze ArchitektenAWARD.

Awards 2018

The Cradle building won the 2018 Iconic Awards in the Innovative Architecture category.

Future Project Awards 2018

The Cradle was the winner at the MIPIM/The Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2018.

The advantages of wood
in The Cradle

The building facade of The Cradle is made almost entirely of solid wood elements. The use of wood as a building material thus minimises the use of conventional materials such as plastic and concrete. The Cradle to Cradle principle was consistently applied in the design of the building. Its deconstructability and the resulting possibilities for reuse make the office building a circular and sustainable property. The solid wood interior supports also ensure healthy indoor air in the office and thus a pleasant working atmosphere.

for reference

Holzkurier: Gold certification level achieved

16 December 2021


Holz-Zentralblatt: Timber construction presence among urban and project developers

October 2021 • Armin Seidel


Digital total? Yes and No

February 2022 • Be. K.

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