Francoforte, Gateway Gardens lancia uno “Study Process” per le 4 New Towers

The Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens property company just launched an urban-planning study process concerning the development of four high-rises up to 60 and 90 metres tall at Frankfurt’s new urban district Gateway Gardens. 16 architectural firms have been invited to design high-rises for four plots located in prominent entrance areas in the northern and eastern sections of the compound. Especially in the direction of the A5 motorway at the eastern tip of the compound, the high-rises will be visible from afar and have high appeal. The buildings will simultaneously serve as interior reference and orientation points for the Gateway Gardens compound itself. At the western end of the 35-hectare estate, one such landmark building has already been completed: With a height of 68 m, the Alpha Rotex is currently the tallest building at Frankfurt Airport. It opened for business in August 2013, and serves as headquarters of the DB Schenker logistics company.
Several architectural firms of international renown have confirmed their participation in the study process: AS&P Albert Speer & Partner, Prof. Dr. Christoph Mäckler, Neumann Architekten, KSP Jürgen Engel, Jo. Franzke, Meixner Schlüter Wendt, Schneider + Schumacher, and msm Meyer Schmitz-Morkramer from Frankfurt, along with gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, nps Tchoban Voss, and Hadi Teherani from Hamburg, Behnisch (Stuttgart), HPP Hentrich–Petschnigg & Partner (Düsseldorf), Holzer Kobler (Zurich), Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna), and Zaha Hadid (London).
During the first stage of the design study process, which will extend through May 2014, the firms will develop urban planning solutions for the plots. At the end of the initial stage, the jury will select eight architectural firms for the second stage, which is to commence in June 2014. The firms will be asked to start with a detailed development of their plans.
This stage, while also dealing with the urban-planning integration, will primarily involve precise visualisations, selections of materials, designs of facade and colours, the maximum building height, and particularly the energy concept.
The results producedby the eight architects will be presented on equal terms in September 2014.
Jury members will include representatives of the German Architecture Museum, the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Art Academy Düsseldorf, Scheffler und Partner, HHS Planer und Architekten, as well as GfL Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsforschung. The jury also includes the partners of the property company Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens, namely Fraport AG, Gross & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, and OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH. The design process is masterminded and managed by BSMF, a consultancy firm specialising in urban renewal and modernisation. The idea underlying the process is to offer appealing architectural design proposals to companies and structural engineering developers.
“Gateway Gardens is situated not just in one of the most mobility-minded locations in Europe, but with its own park next to the municipal forest it also serves as the green centrepiece of Frankfurt Airport City. This explains why the designs and concepts will be characterised by a high degree of sustainability. In addition to pioneering architecture, we expect to see forward-looking energy and environmental concepts,” elaborated Josef Michel, the project manager in charge of the design study process at Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens.
Sanfrid Spory, Managing Director of Gateway Gardens Projektentwicklungs-GmbH (GGP) thanked the architects for confirming their participation: “We are delighted over the high number of renowned firms who are participating. The end of the design study process will not return a ranking. Instead, the jury will select eight designs that come closest to expressing the urban planning quality and vision of Gateway Gardens.”
The City of Frankfurt am Main is involved in the site development via its interest in the GGP. Olaf Cunitz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Head of the Planning Department, had this to say: “Gateway Gardens is located at a unique transport hub, and is a showpiece of our city as well as of the Rhine-Main metro region as it competes with other regions. This is why the architectural appearance, which should be marked by high quality and an urban development concept of long-term sustainability, is particularly important to us. The attractiveness of Frankfurt as place of business should be specifically highlighted here.”
As it is, more than 4,000 people are working in the corporate branches and hotels domiciled at Gateway Gardens. By the end of the development stage in 2021, between 16,000 and 18,000 people will be employed here.
Gateway Gardens is a “Global Business Village” in the European heartland, and, with a projected gross external area of 700,000 square metre on an estate of 35 hectares, one of the largest urban quarter developments of any airport city in Europe.
Until 2005, Gateway Gardens was a residential area for the families of US Air Force personnel working at the former US Rhine-Main Air Base. Since then, the compound has become not just a quarter within Frankfurt’s Airport City, but also an official new district of the city proper, billed as Frankfurt Gateway Gardens. The driving force behind Gateway Gardens is the joint commitment of Fraport AG, Gross & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH, and the City of Frankfurt am Main.
In the years since the completion of the first building at Gateway Gardens, which was the catering plant of LSG Sky Chefs in 2008, 30 percent of the area have already been  sold. The combined workforce of the companies now domiciled here adds up to more than 4,000. By the end of the marketing drive, their ranks will have swelled to anywhere between 16,000 and 18,000 people. 

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