Ferdinand Heide Architekt Selected to Design Tallest Building in Frankfurt

After an international competition, Ferdinand Heide Architekt was selected to design a high-rise building in Frankfurt. The winning proposal, entitled “Millennium Areal”, features two twisted glass towers that have a large public space at ground level. This is in response to the unique characteristics of the dense site. It maximizes green spaces and provides unobstructed views of apartments and offices. It is expected that the project will be completed in 2030. Once it is complete, it will be Frankfurt’s tallest building.

© Nightnurse


CA Immo and City of Frankfurt initially conceived a plan for a mixed-use complex that would include two high-rise buildings as well as surrounding urban planning. Tower A, the highest of the two buildings, will feature a mix commercial and hospitality programs. Tower B, the lower high-rise building, will be primarily residential. To create a vibrant and welcoming community, public facilities like food services, retail and a day care center are located on the ground and lower floors.

© Nightnurse

Ferdinand Heide’s winning design envisions the construction of a tower with office and hotel heights for Tower A, and a residential tower measuring 157 metres for Tower B. A block perimeter building will also be constructed in wood hybrid construction. To create large terraces and recesses within the structure of the towers, they will be bent. This will increase the distance between them and provide additional lighting for the flats in Tower B. It also increases the energy yield of photovoltaic systems embedded in its façade. A viewing platform and event space are located at the top of Tower A. This gives visitors a 360-degree view of the city.

© Nightnurse

Before the competition, organizers had done extensive research on sustainability to ensure that the winner’s design was resource-saving and climate friendly. This innovative energy concept uses large-scale photovoltaic systems to generate energy on the facades, or by storing and using internal heat sources. Additionally, construction materials must be extracted and processed in accordance with social and ecological standards. The firm’s wood hybrid construction design for the perimeter block building requires 20% less concrete and steel than traditional construction methods. A total of 3500 photovoltaic panels are installed on the roofs and facades to provide electricity for up to 25%.

The competition invited eight internationally renowned architectural firms to participate, including 3XN Architects and David Chipperfield Architects. Johann Eisele, an architect, presided over the jury and awarded Copenhagen-based architectural firm Cobe the second prize. Honorable mentions were given to David Chipperfield Architects, and Schneider + Schumacher Architekten.

Related Posts

ODA Transforms Old Parking Lot into Mixed-Use Project and Public Park in Buenos Aires

Comments Off on ODA Transforms Old Parking Lot into Mixed-Use Project and Public Park in Buenos Aires

The Metaverse as Opportunity for Architects: An Interview with Patrik Schumacher

Comments Off on The Metaverse as Opportunity for Architects: An Interview with Patrik Schumacher

Grimshaw’s Eden Project in Qingdao Takes Shape with Grand Biome Structure

Comments Off on Grimshaw’s Eden Project in Qingdao Takes Shape with Grand Biome Structure

Staircases to Heaven: Ten Ways to Rise Up

Comments Off on Staircases to Heaven: Ten Ways to Rise Up

Morphosis-Designed New Arts Campus Breaks Ground in Texas

Comments Off on Morphosis-Designed New Arts Campus Breaks Ground in Texas

Snøhetta Creates a New Topography for the Redesign of Norwegian Harbour Bath

Comments Off on Snøhetta Creates a New Topography for the Redesign of Norwegian Harbour Bath

BIG Reveals Design of Treetop Hotel Room Wrapped in Bird Nests

Comments Off on BIG Reveals Design of Treetop Hotel Room Wrapped in Bird Nests

Building the Future: Cross Laminated Timber

Comments Off on Building the Future: Cross Laminated Timber

Examples and Ideas on How to Turn Garages Into Other Spaces

Comments Off on Examples and Ideas on How to Turn Garages Into Other Spaces

The Ocean Above Us: How Planetariums Inspire Wonder

Comments Off on The Ocean Above Us: How Planetariums Inspire Wonder

Mariam Issoufou Kamara Chosen to Design New Museum and Center for Culture and Community in West Senegal

Comments Off on Mariam Issoufou Kamara Chosen to Design New Museum and Center for Culture and Community in West Senegal

Gensler Will Design the New $9.5 Billion Mega-Terminal at JFK International Airport

Comments Off on Gensler Will Design the New $9.5 Billion Mega-Terminal at JFK International Airport

Create Account



Log In Your Account