On 31 May 2017, the official foundation stone of the Omni tower on the New Mainzerstrasse took place. Participants included project developer, Tishman Speyer from New York City, as well as the architect, Bjarke Ingels. Frankfurt’s planning representative, Mike Josef (SPD) said “the Omniturm was a high-rise, as we imagine it as a city”. At the time, the upper-house plan had already stipulated that higher construction 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 Planungsdezernent.
The OmniTurm brings momentum to Frankfurt’s banking 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 Taunus Tower and Omni Tower at this point. It is worth knowing that with the completion of the Omni Tower, 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