Sustainable factory – from factory structure planning to new construction

bordbar Design GmbH, Cologne, Germany

With the construction of the “bordbar MANUFAKTUR”, the furniture and design company is not only expanding its production and logistics capacities, but also setting new standards for reducing its carbon footprint. Dr. Schönheit + Partner supported the company from the master planning to the implementation of the new production hall and logistics with connected production-related administration.

Tasks and objectives

A new factory building for bordbar was to be built on a 2,700 m² site in the west of Cologne. In addition to sufficient production and storage space, the new factory building also had to be sustainable and meet the EH55 EE (Efficiency House 55 Renewable Energy Class) standard.

Procedure and solutions

With integrated planning consisting of factory planning, architecture and open space planning and as the client's representative and project manager, we worked closely with bordbar to create a versatile, adaptable and multifunctional building – all from a single source. With the master planning, an energy-efficient storage and production area with production-related administration (around 1,750 m²) was initially planned. The building was designed in such a way that around 70% of the primary energy requirement for the building's heating and cooling supply is covered by renewable energies. Future technologies such as heat pumps were used. The funding advice we provided gave bordbar a targeted basis for decision-making with a cost-benefit analysis and was the basis for receiving the positive funding decision from KfW Bank. As an option for the future, it is planned to cover as much of the energy requirement as possible from renewable energies by using the company's own photovoltaic system.


bordbar designs and produces airplane trolleys from original parts. The trolleys can be used in a variety of ways: whether for the living area, the kitchen or the (home) office, the trolleys offer flexible storage space. In 2021, bordbar celebrated its 15th anniversary and won the coveted "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021" for its _voyager trolley.

This new spatial change provides us not only with more space, but also gives us the opportunity to realize our vision of a modern and inspiring working environment. My big thanks go to Dr. Schönheit + Partner – for the great collaboration and the professionalism and passion with which they planned and implemented our new space."

KPIs at a glance

1,140 m²

Storage and production space


610 m²

Administration/locking area



Renewable energies


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