News - 1 September 2022

UNStudio wins competition with design for one of the most sustainable office buildings in Germany

UNStudio’s design for NION will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in Germany, with an overall concept that breaks new, sustainable ground both technically and architecturally.

UNStudio’s design proposal for NION, a 45,000 m2 state-of-the-art office tower in the Europaviertel in Frankfurt, was recently selected by Groß & Partner for further development.

The Europaviertel, a lively hybrid city district, which combines residential, work and recreational facilities, has been in continual development since 2005. NION is intended to contribute to the greenery and biodiversity of the site, bringing ecological benefits to the environment, while improving the microclimate and contributing to the well-being of visitors and users of the building.

UNStudio’s design takes a two-pronged approach to sustainability in its design for NION. Here, it incorporates a photovoltaic facade, rainwater management, geothermal heating and cooling (30%-40% cooling / 70% heating), smart building management, demand-based air conditioning and LED lighting, energy recuperating elevators, e-charging stations with intelligent load management and green and open work environments.

NION is also designed to be socially sustainable, with specific programming that encourages, communication, gathering and knowledge sharing.

From the green lobby, to the semi-public interior space in the base, to the green zones in the office floors, which are combined with green terraces and roof gardens. All of the spaces in NION are designed to enhance the working climate and create an exciting relationship between interior and exterior.

A comprehensive sustainability and ESG approach for NION has been at the forefront from the beginning“ states Jürgen Groß, managing director of Groß & Partner. “The tower will offer great added value to its surroundings, not only in terms of design, but above all climatically and ecologically

UNStudio is also currently working with Groß & Partner on the currently under construction FOUR project in Frankfurt, one of the most dense inner-city developments in Europe.

Read the full press release here.
Explore the project in full here.