On June 30, 2015, Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), led by Bjarke Ingels, released designs for a new mixed-use development sited in Frankfurt, Germany. The project, which is a collaboration with local firm Bollinger + Grohmann, will house two types of office settings in addition to residences. The exterior is clad in upright partitions and windows, but broken up in the middle by a series of twisted floors. The subsequent extension of the floors create outdoor patios for residents. The architects chose this design method to accommodate for the urban setting so that it would both fit in and compliment the surrounding area. There's no word on the completion date, yet.
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BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Bollinger + Grohmann is announced as the winner of the international competition to design a new 185 m high rise in Frankfurt's downtown financial district, combining work, living and public areas under one roof.
Located at the former Metzler Bank site in downtown Frankfurt, the 65.000 m2 / 645,835 sf mixed-use tower is the latest addition to the city’s evolving skyline. Tishman Speyer, a leading international developer and fund manager headquartered in New York, selected the winning design from among a total of five proposals. Initial demolition work has already begun on the site, and the tower is estimated to be completed by 2018. Tishman Speyer is currently developing the new Deutsche Bank Campus and has so far completed the MesseTurm, OpernTurm and TaunusTurm buildings in the city’s financial district.
Florian Reiff, Senior Managing Director of Tishman Speyer in Germany said about the winning design: “We want to create a new type of high-rise, a building that is open and approachable. The design put forward by BIG breaks down the standard separation of work, living and public life. BIG’s proposal is a design with a strong presence both at street level and in the skyline, especially the apartment floors and the public base of the high-rise, which are distinct elements in the architecture and make a vivid impression.”
BIG’s proposal is informed by the surrounding context of Frankfurt’s vibrant city center and various program requirements. The building takes a silhouette that is both rational and sculptural and pairs it with a strong presence at both street level and in the skyline.
“By gently shifting the floor plates of the simple elegant volume the tower incorporates all the elements of a real city: spaces for living and working, inside as well as outside. The result is a striking new silhouette on Frankfurt's skyline that looks different purely because it performs differently. The shift at the hip will be a sign that new life has infiltrated the cluster of corporate headquarters in downtown Frankfurt.“ Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
The tower is articulated as a slender and rational stack of inhabited floors, interrupted by two sculptural moves where the program changes. At street level, the floor plates of the building are shifted back and forth to create inhabitable terraces and canopies, facing a new square that can be used for social activities during daytime or after-work hours. Residential floors occupy the middle section of the tower where the floor plates slide out in a spiraling movement to create terraces and generous views for residents. The offices inhabiting the tower’s upper floors return to a slender rectangular volume, completing the spiral to rejoin the orientation of the floors below.
“Our proposal for the new Metzler site embodies the unique character of Frankfurt, a city that has a unusual mix of high-rises of a modern metropolis and traditional city blocks. In that sense the Metzler tower brings a small piece of the human scale city into the skyline”, BIG Partner, Andreas Klok Pedersen.