ICON Rheinlanddamm Dortmund Dortmund, Germany


ICON Rheinlanddamm is a new multi-tenant building in Dortmund, Germany, designed by William McDonough + Partners and inspired by Cradle to Cradle® and the Circular Economy, featuring healthy materials, future adaptability and designed for disassembly, renewable energy, clean water and careful consideration on occupant well-being.

Designed to be a flexible, innovative workplace with collaborative work and meeting spaces, the ICON Rheinlanddamm features a full-height five-story atrium with a Living Green Wall that provides fresh, clean air to building occupants. The south-facing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof harvests renewable energy, controls glare for adjacent conference rooms, and fills offices with natural daylight.

The building is designed as a material bank for future generations. Recognizing the long-term value inherent in all materials, the design team ensured that both biological and technical materials used in this building can be disassembled and reused in the future. For example, the exterior facade is a unitized and prefabricated High-Performance Curtainwall System, which not only reduces volume, waste, and construction time, but also is easily demountable for future reuse.

Materials have been carefully selected and assessed to ensure that safe and healthy products are used throughout. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ materials are used where possible, including the innovative Living Wall façade which absorbs CO2 and helps buffer the automobile soot and noise from the adjacent freeway.

The design plan includes a greenhouse on the roof to filter outside air and bring fresh air in. Plants will be used as biofilters, and the heat of the greenhouse will be used as a solar thermal heater.


Offices, product showrooms and instructional spaces, restaurant, 210 below grade parking spaces


15,100 gross square meters, 5 floors plus below grade parking


Planned Occupancy 2018


William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect

IAA Architecten, Architect of Record

con‐tura Architekten + Ingenieure GmbH, Local Architect

Winter Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, MEP Engineers, DGNB

Ibd Engineering, Structural Engineer

Kondor Wessels West GmbH, Contractor


DGNB Gold – Pilot project certificate Circular Construction