A Local Presence
Following the announcement by Groß & Partner of UNStudio as the unanimous winner of the architectural design competition for the FOUR Frankfurt project, we are happy to announce that UNStudio has now joined forces with HPP Architects to create a consortium (UNS + HPP) for the next phases of the project. Both companies bring many years of experience with large-scale projects, complex planning and design processes.
In order to further enable a local presence, we have also established a new headquarters in the Westend in Frankfurt.
The centrally located 16,000 square meter site was purchased by Groß & Partner real estate development company – who will be carrying out the development of the project – back in 2015. Situated in the very core of the city, the site has been completely inaccessible for the last 45 years. Now four new high-rise towers will change Frankfurt’s skyline from the air, while cultivating its liveliness on the ground. The development of these towers, reaching heights of 228 meters, will open up new streets to create a multi-use, vibrant inner-city quarter, bringing together a healthy mix of work, living, relaxation and recreation.
The choice of programmes allows for a smooth transition from Frankfurt’s shopping district to the east of Roßmarkt, to the high-rise office towers clustered around Park Taunusanlage. With a development concept that is unique to Europe, the FOUR Frankfurt project brings together facilities that will establish a lively new neighbourhood for Frankfurt, its visitors, and its (future) residents.
“FOUR Frankfurt will be built, first and foremost, for the people of Frankfurt. It will not only add to the city’s skyline, but also to the liveliness of Frankfurt as a whole. A development with this level of urban effect is particularly timely, as Frankfurt is currently taking up an even bigger role on the European stage. To play a role in this urban transition is a fantastic opportunity for UNStudio and our new consortium partners HPP.”
Ben van Berkel, Founder / Principal Architect, UNStudio
“FOUR Frankfurt condenses both the skyline and the urban fabric of Frankfurt with diverse opportunities for urban life.”
Joachim H. Faust, Managing Partner at HPP
The new high-rise complex will be integrated into the expanding city structure by incorporating the heritage-listed facades of the Junghofstraße into the design and by making a multi-storey base building the connecting element of the entire site.
According to the assessment by the competition jury, the unique quality of the quarter can be found in its public development and amenity value. The new development will therefore create connected spaces, accessible rooftops, pathways and passages. The existing block on the Junghofstraße will be opened up to strengthen the surrounding pathways and ensure a high level of accessibility. This will create a multi-use, diverse quarter comprising 50% office spaces, 30% living accommodation (including subsidized housing), in addition to retail spaces, restaurants and hotels.
“The future of the city will gravitate towards its center, and the design of the FOUR project both emphasises and enables this. By pushing the conventional boundaries of work, play, mobility and quality of life, we will once more position Frankfurt as a trendsetter.”
Christian Veddeler, Director / Senior Architect, UNStudio
“UNStudio and HPP bring to the scheme many years of experience working on major projects, as well as a combined expertise in design, BIM-based planning processes and complex execution.”
Werner Sübai, Responsible Partner at HPP
FOUR Frankfurt is expected to be completed in 2023.
Client: Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt
Design: UNStudio, Amsterdam
Planning & realisation: ARGE UNS + HPP
Total area: 16,000 m²
Gross floor space: 219,000m²
Start of construction: 2017
Completion: expected 2023