08

Mar

New high-rise flyer available

The Department of Planning and Living has published the 5th edition of the Hochhaus-Faltblattes. The map of the current issue, “Hochhäuser in Frankfurt” shows a total of 66 high-rise building projects under construction, with eight projects in the central urban area – over 60 meters high. 28 selected projects are described on the back of the map. Each of these include two images and a building split.

The card can be bought for one euro directly from the city centre during opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 to 12.30.

24

Feb

RFR presents the concept for the High-Rise at the Park

The concept for the facade design of the Hochhaus am Park (“High-Rise at the Park”) was presented by RFR Holding GmbH (RFR). The glass façade of the double tower, which was created in the early 1970s, is divided into two visually separated and transparent facades. The builder – a project company led by the RFR – will start the initial clear-out as early as April 2017. The Frankfurt-based company is expecting the start of official construction in the summer of this year. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2019.

On the area between Fürstenbergstraße, Grüneburgweg and Wolfsgangstraße, around 130 properties are being built on approximately 19,000 m² of floor space, of which one floor is also a living space. In addition, there are about 140 hotel rooms on almost 13,000 m² in the second tower. The revitalised Hochhaus am Park also includes a children’s playground, which will be open to all the children in the West End, not just the future high-rise residents. The same applies to the planned restaurants and food facilities there. The surrounding green spaces, including the Mitscherlich square, will undergo a complete reconstruction. Here, the owner has already established contact with the local Mitscherlich initiative through the city administration, which is involved in the reconstruction.

A representative for the client, Dr. Alexander Koblischek, is convinced that the revitalisation will lead to a further appreciation of the district: “We currently have a somewhat attractive high-rise building from the 1970s in the middle of the West End. With our concept, we will significantly improve this situation. The new façade is simple, elegant and at the same time, modern. The high-rise building will be integrated into the cityscape of the West End. In addition, we achieve a completely new sense of space through the visual separation of two individual towers. The additional investments in the green surrounding areas of ​​the Hochhaus am Park increase quality of life for all Westendigen residents. ”

The client attaches great importance to intelligent noise protection and construction site logistics: “It is only when the inner work is completed that we remove the façade. In this way, we are considerably reducing the noise level, as the noise, in particular the shell work, is largely retained in the building, ” explains Dr. Koblischek. This so-called ‘just-in-time’ approach is used for construction site logistics. The supply of the necessary building materials is made exclusively on a need-by-need basis. This means that there is no space occupied by intermediate storage. “Through our approach, the impact on local road traffic remains low. The building fence is only built on the grounds of the Hochhaus am Park. There are therefore no permanent restrictions on the walkways.” says Dr. Koblischek.

In addition to high standards for noise protection, the client is primarily responsible for direct communication with the residents during the entire construction period: “It is clear to us that construction work in such a densely populated residential area is not easy for local residents. That is why we are looking for a direct dialogue with them to respond appropriately if necessary.” says Dr. Koblischek. A construction site hotline will be set up, which will allow suggestions and complaints. In addition, local residents will receive regular information on the progress of the construction measures, through informative events and household e-mails.

11

Feb

Bundesbank is planning a new high-rise building at the headquarters

Bundesbank plans a new high-rise building at head office, The Bundesbank, to strengthen its headquarters in Ginnheim. The previous main building, designed by ABB Apel, Beckert and Becker from 1967 to 1972, will be renovated in the coming years. The Bundesbank is already looking for an alternative location for the construction work to be launched by 2018.

Regardless of the renovation of the main building, the Bundesbank is planning a concentration of its workforce at the head office. To date, employees have been distributed to several locations within Frankfurt, such as in the Trianon high-rise building.

As Skyline Atlas learned, talks are already taking place between the Bundesbank and representatives of the City of Frankfurt to identify the headquarters as a high-rise quarter. It is generally expected that proof of residential space will be required for this purpose and that the Bank’s wish for the centralisation of its employees will be met. According to reports, the new high-rise building on the premises of the Bundesbank will be 36 storeys high and werected at the site of the guest house.

 

LEAKED – Mid of July 2017: As reported by the Skyline Atlas from an informant, the planned high-rise building at the Bundesbank’s headquarters is apparently not currently approved. The Bundesbank was stung by this, not least because of the European Central Bank at its headquarters in Frankfurt’s Osthafen. Background: The location of the Bundesbank has not yet been defined in the current high-rise development plan and would be in conflict with an announcement by the planning councillor to only allow new high-rise buildings at previously identified locations. It is unclear whether the new high-rise development plan for 2018 will take the Bundesbank’s Ginnheimer location into account.

29

Jan

City of Frankfurt is putting pressure on Hesse at the former police department

Discussion surrounding the former police department at the heart of the republic, located between the fair and the main station, is slowly turning tragic: the old venerable building is empty and forfeited. Since the departure of the police, several attempts have failed to renew the site. The city of Frankfurt am Main has the right to plan but the property belongs to the country. The state of Hesse has so far established a halt with the construction of the subway tunnel that will run underground.

It's pretty much about money

The area stands at 80 million euros in the books of Hessian Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU). This sum is due to the fact that an office building with a height of up to 145 meters is able to be built at this location, according to the plan of the Hochhausfrahmenplan. However, office buildings are currently not particularly popular in Frankfurt compared to the booming housing market. It is therefore questionable whether the amount raised by the state of Hesse would ever be paid by an investor if it were to be assumed that only a single use of the land would arise: “The country has speculated,” says Ulli Baier (Greens). The Minister of Finance had to make a valuation adjustment, but it was difficult.

The city loses patience

In the plenary session of the city parliament, a participant said that the long delay had been superfluous and the line must now be pulled. On the request of the black-red-green coalition, it was decided to revise the development plan. The aim is to allow more residential construction at this location. At the same time, however, this would mean that less or no citizenship-holder provided it. It is therefore unclear how this will change the values ​​of the state of Hesse. It is also open as to whether a 145-meter high-rise building is even to be allowed. Mike Josef, who is the planning director, recently expressed his opinion that he could imagine several smaller high-rise buildings together in a group. Josef does not only imagine a mixture of offices and apartments on the premises, but also a gym for the neighboring Falkschule, and cultural facilities, a hotel or a medical centre are also conceivable. According to the currently valid development plan, buildings with a total area of ​​around 100,000 square meters are possible.

The goal is not to confront the state of Hesse. Rather, the state of Hesse should finally make a decision so that the entire area can be built up rapidly.

10

Mar

Groß und Partner is developing four high-rise buildings in the banking district

Four high-rise buildings will be built on the site and will form a new, urban quarter. Two of the towers are planned for living space, with other areas for catering and retail. Due to the special location in the middle of the skyline – also adjacent to the shopping and pedestrian zones of the city centre – the project has the potential to create a unique form of cosmopolitan urbanity in Germany. This is the result of the urban development competition which the owner of the site, the Groß Partner, Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH won in November 2015.

Two office towers, two residential towers and a diverse neighborhood mix

This project has special architectural significance because of the planned 228-meter-high main tower in the district. In the immediate vicinity of the Commerzbank Tower and the Maintower, a new high-rise building with 59 floors will be a further addition to the Frankfurt skyline, with the potential to enrich the high-rise area as another landmark. This tower is already outlined in the current development plan. The two residential buildings are new, and together will provide space for more than 600 apartments. In addition, there will be a children’s playground, two hotels and a wide range of restaurants and shops.