On 31 May 2017, the official foundation stone of the OmniTurm on the Neue Mainzer Strasse street took place. Participants included project developer Tishman Speyer from New York City, as well as the architect Bjarke Ingels. Frankfurt’s Head of Planning Mike Josef (SPD) said “the OmniTurm is a high-rise, as we imagine it as a city”. Earlier the skyscraper master-plan had already stipulated that taller buildings should be possible if, in addition to offices, housing would also be created. This “vertical use mix” is now being implemented for the first time in high-rise building. For their long-term vision, the deputy former mayoress Petra Roth (CDU), thanked the Head of Planning.
The OmniTurm brings momentum to Frankfurt’s Financial District. The exceptional design by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels mixes apartments with office space and public use to bring more life to the skyline. The residential areas are pushed to the middle of the 45-storey high-rise building; “A high-rise with hip swing” was the title of the press when the plans were presented.
Looking at the latest rendering (see picture above), it is noticeable how huge clustering is created with the TaunusTurm and OmniTurm at this point. It is worth noticing that with the completion of the OmniTurm, the first street crossroads in Europe will be built in Frankfurt, with four high-rise buildings each with a height of at least 100 meters.
Photos of construction situation of OmniTurm are available on Phorio.
Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Architekten/OmniTurm