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Ole Scheeren sets new standard of urban living with layered residential high-rise in Germany

Germany - Oct 2, 2017 - 14:18   3987 views

Internationally acclaimed architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled its first project to be built in Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, by setting a new standard for vertical urban living. The 100-metre residential high-rise will include shifted floors in multiple directions, offering transparency and openness within a sculptural form. 

Named Riverpark Tower, the project is located on the banks of the main river and is envisioned to create a stark contrast to the mute office towers of this German city. The tower will offer sweeping views of the city's striking skyline and its riverbank, creating an entirely new quality of life in the heart of the city.

Commissioned by GEG/German Estate Group AG, Ole Scheeren's firm Büro Ole Scheeren will convert an existing concrete office building of Frankfurt into a playful, dynamic and transparent residential high-rise tower, while offering free-span in cantilevering. 

Riverpark Tower is comprised of large and horizontal panoramic floors overlooking to the city's historic fabric. The building will consist of 220 units on 23 floors and will offer high standards of modern living, ranging from small business apartments to 4-room suites. The new loft floors at the top of the building will form an expressive gesture with a distinctive apex in the tradition of the iconic Frankfurt skyline.

"This ambitious project presents a convincing example for high-quality living in a high-rise in Germany," said Ole Scheeren.

"By transforming a hermetically enclosed office tower from the 70s into an open, light-flooded residential experience, we demonstrate that the intelligent and sustainable reuse of an existing building can enrich the quality of life – not only in the building itself but also for its context and urban life beyond. Riverpark Tower will come to stand as a beacon for the future of Frankfurt," he added.

This project further expands the international portfolio of Büro Ole Scheeren, in developing future-oriented architecture through new typologies of large-scale, urban ensembles and geo-specific residential high-rise buildings – projects that have received a multitude of awards for their innovative and sustainable qualities.

Riverpark Tower will be developed in cooperation with GEG, one of Germany's most prestigious real estate investment platforms, combining high-quality architecture with environmental innovation and sustainability. Construction work is expected to start during Q4 2018. 

Study diagram of Riverpark Tower in Frankfurt

The international portfolio of Büro Ole Scheeren comprises city-defining structures and cultural buildings in Europe, Asia, and North America. Several projects are currently nearing completion: the Guardian Art Center near the Forbidden City in Beijing; DUO, a large-scale mixed- use project in Singapore, revitalizing a whole city district; and MahaNakhon, Bangkok's tallest skyscraper at 314 meters. 

The Interlace, a residential complex in Singapore, was awarded World Building of the Year 2015. Last year, Ole Scheeren gave a fascinating speech on Housing and Density at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany. 

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