The Frankfurt architectural office, Cyrus Moser (CMA) has won its second architectural competition to build in the former AfE area. In addition to their previously won “140 West” Apartment and Hotel Tower, the new high-rise building designed by CMA will be built in the new Senckenberg quarter opposite the Naturkundemuseum: the office tower “99 West”.
The last block on the site was set up between Robert-Mayer-Strasse and Senckenberg. Further, the Senckenberg Quarter – an ensemble of two high-rise buildings, a six-storey solitary building and a children’s playground – has been completed. The office tower, which is about 100 m high, borders the park side of the campus and can accommodate up to 1,200 employees on 26 floors (approximately 29,500 gross floor space). On the front of the trapezoidal base, a green roof terrace with a view of the skyline is built at a height of approx. 23 m.
The prize was awarded to six designs by national and internationally renowned architects. The jury – made up of seven architects, city planners and a representative from the competition organiser, Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH – finally, after much deliberation, selected the Frankfurt architects CMA as the winner of the competition.
“The concept of CMA convinced us because it is particularly well suited to ensemble ideas, which is especially important with regards to the residential area, Bockenheim and the apartments on the cultural campus. The differentiation of the pedestal area and the successful connection to the daycare centre were also rated very positively,” explains Jürgen Groß, Managing Director of Groß & Partner. Second place in the competition was awarded to Frankfurt-based architecture office Schneider + Schumacher, whilst KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, also from Frankfurt, took third place.
In the Senckenberg quarter of the Kulturcampus, an urban mix of apartments, office space, hotel and gastronomy has been created, as well as an 8-day children’s day care centre. The construction of the “99 West” is set to start in the summer of 2018, with completion planned for 2021.