Central Accommodation Facility, Neuss

The facility, which can receive up to 1,000 asylum seekers, is part mass-wall construction and part modular. Also located on the property are administrative structures, recreation and school rooms, a womens’ cafe, and a worship space.

Under construction

Type of residents
Asylum seekers and asylum seekers whose application was rejected

Number of residents

Modular units
8 living modules and a central facilities building

Construction costs (Euro/m²)

Building method
Room module

Building (Detail)
Residential buildings: Modular construction, steel frames, insulated steel panels; Dining hall, administrative rooms, kitchen, stairwell: Mass-wall construction, concrete


Living space per person (m²/person)

Schmale Architekten GmbH, Grevenbroich/Markus Schmale, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA Project team: Michael Müller, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Architekt, Oliver Breithor, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt, Manuela Rath, Dipl. Ing. (FH) Architektin, Paul Jarosch, B.Sc. Architektur, Thomas Gilbert, senior site engineer

Commissioned by
Neusser Bauverein AG, City of Neuss, State of NRW - District Government of Düsseldorf

Construction firm
Diverse group (separate elements commissioned individually)

Refugees arriving from Central Registration (EAE) stay in the new Central Accommodation Facility (ZUE) and wait to be permanently assigned to another municipality. As a rule, the facility functions like a hotel, accommodating new arrivals for a few days (at most a few weeks), after which they are assigned their own living units. This is the ideal scenario.
The functional and architectural ideas behind the structure are founded in this hotel/resort approach, in combination with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s space allocation plan. A total of 8 interconnected 3-story living modules are planned, each housing around 125 people. The new accommodations have the character of a small village community.

(Excerpt from project description)