In the European District, two new high-rise towers will be built on the Millennium Area, where the original Millennium Tower was once proposed. Instead of one very high skyscraper, two new high-rise buildings will now be built, which together will fill the originally planned space. The project developer CA Immo expects completion around the year 2030.
The ensemble of buildings in the Millennium Area includes two skyscrapers and an associated perimeter block development. The complex will be designed by Ferdinand Heide from Frankfurt.
The 70-storey tower will have a height of at least 288 meters (945 feet) and will accommodate offices and a hotel. In addition, a 43-storey, 157-meter (515 feet) residential tower is planned, which will contain both privately financed apartments and subsidized living space. This was made possible by the newly negotiated local development plan.
Original mass concept (2020)
Accordingly, a process following the German Chamber of Architects guidelines for planning competitions (RPW 2013) should take place. There will be an open, single-stage invitation competition, including consultation and interim colloquium, on September 30, 2020. An experienced jury with 5 specialist judges and 4 material judges has been installed. The specialist judges are made up of architects, town planners, and representatives of the city of Frankfurt. The material judges are representatives of the City of Frankfurt and CA Immo.
The following offices were invited to submit competition entries:
- 3XN Architects (Copenhagen)
- Cobe (Copenhagen)
- David Chipperfield Architects (London / Berlin)
- Ferdinand Heide Architekt (Frankfurt)
- Herzog de Meuron (Basel)
- Ingenhoven Architects (Düsseldorf)
- OMA (Rotterdam)
- Schneider + Schumacher Architects (Frankfurt)
Further information: Architecture competition Millennium Area in PDF format (by CA Immo – only available in German)
Press Conferene December 6, 2021
The official press conference took place on December 6th, 2021, at which the City of Frankfurt and the project developer CA Immo provided information about the results of the competition for the Millennium Area.
The winning design comes from the architectural office Ferdinand Heide (Frankfurt). The taller of the two towers is 288 meters high and has 70 floors. The lower high-rise tower is to be 157 meters high. Both skyscrapers have a slight twist. An actual realization of the high-rise buildings is currently not certain, but the planning is being approached in a very specific way. The construction time should be at least 5 years. Completion should take place around 2030.
Planning and Construction
Status December 2021: On December 6, 2021 the results of the competition for the Millennium Area were publicly announced at a press conference. SKYLINE ATLAS reported directly from the press conference by publishing pictures and facts here on this web page, in the newsletter, and its social media channels.
Status November 2021: According to an article of the FAZ newspaper, the design competition winner of the two Millennium Towers has been selected in September 2021. According to the report the expert jury recommended a spectacular design from the Ferdinand Heide architectural office. The taller of the two Millennium Towers will be around 300 meters high (984 feet) and would have a twisted facade. Furthermore the report stated that the winning office was given the task of revising the plans. The presentation of the plans is scheduled for December 2021. It may now be possible that the second tower will no longer be 150 meters high (492 feet) due to the greater height of the first tower.
Status June 2021: SKYLINE ATLAS has been told that the jury will meet for consultation in September 2021 and that the results of the architectural competition will be presented at the end of the year 2021.
Status January 2021: The real estate developer CA Immo informed us on request that the work of the participants in the competition was submitted on time. Due to the current corona situation, the jury meeting was postponed to the end of April 2021. The results of the architecture competition can therefore only be expected for the end of April 2021 or even May 2021.
Press Conference on September 30, 2020
A press conference took place on September 30, 2020, at which the city and the project developer provided details of the urban planning concept for the new towers and project development objectives. Mike Josef (Head of Planning) and Matthias Schmidt (Managing Director CA Immo Germany) were also present. The reporting on this is as follows:
Good morning, it’s 10:15 a.m. The press conference room in the Kap Europa conference center is slowly filling up.
It’s 10:25. Now we’re starting.
Head of Planning Mike Josef speaks: The once proposed Millennium Tower is difficult to market due to construction costs, which is why the originally planned floor area will be split between two towers. An architecture competition has been initiated, and international design offices were invited on September 23, 2020. The results should be presented in early 2021.
There will be two towers on the Millennium site: the higher one 260 meters (853 feet) high, the lower one 150 meters (492). The taller tower is to be Germany’s tallest skyscraper – exactly 1.30 meters higher than the structural height of the Commerzbank Tower (258.7 meters/848.5 feet). The taller tower will also have a public viewing platform.
Josef continues: In the future, base floors of high-rise buildings are to be further revitalized. This is provided for in the future high-rise master plan. Basically, mixed-use towers are to be built in Frankfurt, which technically make it possible to plan for changes in use later (e.g. office to hotel).
Matthias Schmidt from CA Immo explains: The building application should not be submitted until 2023 at the earliest. “We plan a time horizon of eight to nine years.” He continues: “In future, office locations close to the city center will be in greater demand than locations on the outskirts.”
Schmidt adds: “We are aiming for investments in the high three-digit million euros. The exact amount depends on the competition outcome. “
Schmidt continues: “Home office will not replace the office, our experience shows. We continue to assume that there will be more demand for office space in the future. He adds: “We are facing further metropolitanization; many people want to live in big cities. ”
It is pointed out several times that the focus should be on the sustainability of project development.
The representation of the towers is non-binding and will change with the architectural competition. Only apartments are to be built in the lower tower (shown in green).
It’s 11:03. After questions from the audience, the press conference is over.
Interview with Prof. Jochem Jourdan
Prof. Jochem Jourdan is an architect and urban planner. From 1998 he presented two high-rise development plans for Frankfurt, which also examined the Millennium area as a high-rise location. The readers of SKYLINE ATLAS submitted questions that the renowned urban planner answered now.