What makes an intelligent high-rise?
Frankfurt, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and now Munich, too – Germany’s big cities are growing, while space for living and working is ever scarcer. With increasing urbanization, the demand is growing for high-rise buildings that first and foremost offer one thing: lots of room inside not much space. So what shape should sustainable high-rise planning take?
For us, technologically intelligent and sustainable high-rise construction means developing efficient construction principles and using materials and energy sparingly while at the same time presupposing an aesthetically appealing and elegant solution as a given. We achieved this goal with the WestendDuo back in 2006. With its relatively low height of 96 meters, the building is one of the smaller towers in Frankfurt. Nevertheless, it offers maximum space for working on 25 levels, large public areas in the base of the building, and bright spaces with a feel-good atmosphere.
Our aim is to deliver high-quality designs and a high level of user comfort with the least possible energy consumption. To this end, we developed an individual energy concept and an innovative building structure with a pleated ceiling system that provides for optimal utilization of the ceiling height. The integrated building technology with its climate-control ceiling in the built structure of each level and its own water pump in the basement meets the highest standards. In architectural terms, the building scores points for its abundant use of glass and high-quality materials. Open, column-free rooms enable flexible usage configurations.