Today the foundation stone for the new headquarters of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) was laid, one of Germany’s largest newspapers. In a solemn ceremony in the presence of some politicians, i.a. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann buried the traditional time capsule on the construction site in the European District. The office project F.A.Z. Tower, which is being developed jointly with Paulus Immobiliengruppe (25%), is due to be completed in 2022. The traditional time capsule was delivered by a drone. The time capsule was then buried on the building site, laying the foundation stone for the new headquarters of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
With a gross floor area of almost 30,000 square meters (322,917 square feet), the new FAZ high-rise will protrude over 60 meters (197 feet), and around 280 parking spaces will be available. The office high-rise, designed by Eike Becker_Architekten, consists of two slender panes that are turned off the axis and shifted against each other. One half of the FAZ building points through the overhang in the upper part to the east towards the high-rise silhouette and the other half to the west towards the Europagarten. This connects the West with the East and creates an architectural commitment to the European idea.
“The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has decisively shaped the media landscape in the Federal Republic of Germany and will continue to do so. All of this doesn’t happen anywhere, but here in Hesse, previously on Hellerhofstrasse. The first edition appeared on November 1, 1949, around 71 years ago. Since then, the FAZ has produced important journalists and intellectuals who enrich the discussion in our republic. We are proud that one of the most important media houses is at home with us. Our newspaper landscape is in a state of upheaval, and publishing houses will have to go different ways in the future. The new headquarters of the newspaper in the European District is symbolic of this and offers the ideal conditions for the tasks ahead. I wish the newspaper, which is known to always have a clever head behind, for the new one location and the future all the very best, ”said Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier.
Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor, Peter Feldmann, adds: “The new tower will fit harmoniously into the development of the European District on the eastern edge of the Europagarten. The construction of a new publishing house underscores the importance of Frankfurt as a media city and is at the same time a commitment to excellent journalism from the heart of Europe for Germany, Europe and the world. ”
Thomas Lindner, Managing Director of F.A.Z., explains: “In our new building we will continue to write the successful F.A.Z. story. We want to preserve the good and at the same time be open to the new – and the F.A.Z. continue to lead highly motivated and innovative into an economic future. All of this should happen in our new home. In the F.A.Z.-Tower, in which the most important and influential analyzes, opinions and comments will be created and sent out into the world via printed and digital media in a not too long time. ”
“The new F.A.Z. Tower is currently our largest office development, and we are delighted to be creating a new landmark for Frankfurt with such a prestigious project,” says Thomas G. Winkler, CEO of UBM Development.