UNStudio’s “City for All” to replace Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt

A Dutch architect is the unanimous winner of a design competition to redevelop the Deutsche Bank’s Frankfurt site.

UNStudio, which is led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, came up with four high-rise towers, a multi-storey plinth and large public spaces that incorporate subsidised housing.

The design, which UNStudio calls a "City for All", was chosen by an eight-member jury consisting of city officials, architects and urban development experts.

Two third prizes were awarded to Dudler/Jahn and MSW/Snøhetta, and Christoph Mäckler/CoopHimmelblau received an honourable mention.

The redevelopment includes offices, shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as a "comprehensive range of accommodation", a playground and adventure areas. The tallest tower will be 228m high.

Urban developer Groß & Partner will create a "new public space at a location in the city centre which has been inaccessible for more than 45 years".

At least 3,000 people are expected to work in the neighbourhood, and about 1,000 people will live there.

Mike Josef, a city councillor, said: "The project will play a pioneering role in the transformation of Frankfurt’s banking district into a mixed-use quarter.

"With the new layout of the site and a greater mix of programmes, a new space with a publicly accessible roof area and affordable living space will be created.

"The centrally located site, which has for a long time been closed, will now be open to the public. This will become a lively neighbourhood, not only for working but also for living."

Images courtesy of UNStudio

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