Construction Company & Architect

The construction company

The Köster GmbH is one of Germany’s leading construction companies as far as high and deep projects are concerned. Köster GmbH, founded in 1938, is based in Osnabrück and is a subsidiary of the Köster-Gruppe. It employs over 1,750 people and recorded a turnover of €1.1bn in 2016.

Köster GmbH is an experienced player in the football stadium industry and has had an influence on many of stadiums currently hosting top-tier teams. It has helped construct or refurbish the BayArena in Leverkusen whilst it was still in operational use, the Volkswagen-Arena in Wolfsburg and played a part in renovating the north and south stands at Signal-Iduna-Park in Dortmund. On many occasions, it worked on projects alongside HPP Architekten GmbH, who are the architect’s behind Freiburg’s new stadium.

“We’re delighted that the design has received the approval of the club and the local authorities and are looking forward to having the opportunity to work on a top-flight football stadium once again,” explained Claude-Patrick Jeutter, chief executive of Köster GmbH. “As the main construction company on this project, we strongly believe in ensuring that the dialogue between the various other companies involved in the project. It’s extremely key that we do this in order to achieve our goals to the highest standard,” added Jeutter. “If we manage that, we will have achieved a perfect build in a sustainable and harmonious manner.”

The architect

HPP Architekten GmbH, based in Düsseldorf, has 80 years of experience in completing building tasks of various shapes and sizes at home and abroad. Projects such as the Dreischeibenhaus in Düsseldorf, the renovation of Leipzig’s main railway station and the Arena “AufSchalke” have given the company international recognition. Sporting developments play a key role in their portfolio, with football being especially present. HPP’s deigns have resulted in the construction, renovation and extension of numerous stadiums. Additionally, they were involved in the development of the
Deutsche Fußballmuseum in Dortmund.

Antonino Vultaggio, who is HPP Architekten’s representative on the project, explains the principles behind the design. “It’s based on the architectural creation of a project filled with identity, one which consists of an octagonal structure and an orthogonal roof. The diagonal supports work together with the covered entry points in each corner to create a dynamic and eye-catching image. The journey into the interior of the stadium, via the entrances but also the walkways, will help induce a feeling of excitement. It will make you feel like you are being invited to be part of something special. The design of the venue itself works together perfectly with the slowly rising hills within the region to form an archetypical creation which will be recognised from a distance as a football stadium, but also as somewhere that is open to all.”