A 99-meter high office tower called ’99 West’ (formerly called Hochhaus am Kulturcampus) is to be built on the site of the former AfE tower on theSenckenberganlage. For this, the project developer Gross & Partner had issued an architectural competition from which a winner was chosen at the end of September 2017. The winner of the architectural competition was Cyrus Moser architects (CMA), who also designed the adjacent tower, 140 West. The construction of ’99 West’ is to be started in the summer of 2018, with completion planned for 2021.
“The concept of CMA convinced us because it is particularly well suited to ensemble ideas, which is especially important to the residential area of Bockenheim. The differentiation of the pedestal area and the successful connection to the day care centre were also rated very positively”, explains Jürgen Groß, managing partner of Groß & Partner, who had the winning design. Second place in the competition was awarded to Frankfurt-based architecture agency, Schneider + Schumacher, while third place was taken by KSP architects, Jürgen Engel, also from Frankfurt.
In their last meeting before the municipal elections in 2016, the city council decided to develop the campus plan, which will be designed to function as a mixed-use district with housing, jobs and cultural facilities after the university moves.
Status April 2017: 99 West was sold by Gross & Partner to BNP Paribas Real Estate. With this transaction, the project development segment of the French major bank enters the German market.
Here is the current draft for 99 West from September 2017: