The City of Frankfurt approved the building permit for UNStudio‘s four-tower high-rise district, allowing a unique ‘City for All’ to be developed in the centre of this German metropolis.
The project will see the redevelopment of a former Deutsche Bank site, which has remained inaccessible for the past 45 years, into a vibrant inner-city quarter.
Ben van Berkel, UNStudio’s founder and principal architect, said he was “delighted with this news”.
“FOUR is built first and foremost for the people of Frankfurt. With a development concept that is unique in Europe, it will not only enrich the city skyline, but also increase the liveliness of the entire city,” he said.
The milestone was marked with a ceremony held at the redevelopment site on February 13, in which the City’s Planning Director, Mike Josef, officially handed over the building permit to Jurgen Groß and Jens Hausmann, the managing directors of the project’s developers, Groß and Partners.
During the event, Groß highlighted the impact the building will have on the city, saying “it not only changes the view of Frankfurt, but also life in the centre of Frankfurt.”
Josef added that the FOUR project will significantly change Frankfurt’s banking district and give it more community appeal.
“For the first time, a high-rise family is being created in Frankfurt, consisting of four high-rise buildings around a common, public centre,” he said.
The design for FOUR Frankfurt comprises four skyscrapers (the tallest of which will reach 228 metres) and brings together offices, apartments, hotels, shops and restaurants to create a lively multi-use space in the centre of the financial district.
At least 3,000 people are expected to work in the new neighbourhood, while about 1,000 people will live there.
Following the initial design phase, UNStudio joined forces with Dusseldorf-based HPP Architects for the project‘s planning and realisation.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Read more about the FOUR Frankfurt project here.