160 Park View, Frankfurt/Main
Can you turn an empty office tower into a hotel and residential high-rise?
Since the 1970s, the twin towers in Frankfurt’s Westend has been the only tall building in this affluent residential district. Because of its height, the office high-rise has long been the subject of criticism. With its unwelcoming mirrored façade, it is like an intruder in the cityscape, so it was only a matter of time before the building was given a radical makeover. To adapt its design to the refined residential district of the Westend and to facilitate a repurposing, drastic changes were needed.
The office tower is to be an exclusive residential building and the tallest high-rise hotel in the Westend district, reaching 96 meters. A joint podium structure forms the base from which the two towers rise – offset from each other and yet connected all the way to the top. The different façade designs mean the two towers are visually distinguished from each other: The residential block appears light, with floor-to-ceiling windows that create a transparent and open effect, while the hotel tower is characterized by the strict, even grid of the façade and dark panels. Thus, the two towers in the immediate vicinity of Grüneburgpark each has its own character, yet they pursue one and the same goal: to stand for openness and transparency. A highlight is the unique, unobstructable panoramic view out over the roofs of Frankfurt.