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BIG wins contest for Frankfurt skyscraper

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Danish star BIG has landed another major skyscraper project after winning a contest to design a new tower in Frankfurt

Last month the practice showed off its 2 World Trade Centre scheme in New York - an all-new 80-storey replacement for Foster + Partners’ abandoned proposals for the site (see AJ 10.06.15).

Now the firm has been chosen to a 185m-tall twisting tower in the German banking powerhouse which will house offices, flats and public terraces.

The floors of the ‘rational and sculptural ’65,000m2 building shift to form green terraces and canopies at street level, while in the middle of the tower, the floor plates slide outwards in a spiral to create terraces and outdoor space for the apartments.

The scheme is expected to complete in 2018.

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

BIG Frankfurt

The architect’s view

Organized as a slender and rational stack of inhabited floors, the tower is interrupted by two sculptural moves where the program changes. At street level the floors are shifted backwards and forwards to create green terraces and canopies facing the park. In the middle of the silhouette, where the tower turns residential, the floor plates slide out in a spiraling movement, creating terraces and outdoor space for residents. In its upper section the tower returns to a simple stack of optimized floor plates, completing its twist to rejoin the orientation of the floors below. These inhabitable movements bring human scale from street level into the skyline, embodying the unique character of Frankfurt. The tower combines these spaces for working and living for a form that is at once classical and sculptural.

BIG Frankfurt

Project data

Location Frankfurt
Type of project mixed-use
Architect BIG
Client Tishman Speyer
Collaboraters Bollinger + Grohmann
Area 65,000m2

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