Gerchgroup and the City of Frankfurt choose winners of the design competition "Das Präsidium"

Düsseldorf, 01 September 2020: The Düsseldorf project developer Gerchgroup and the City of Frankfurt have chosen the winner of the competition for the realisation of the neighbourhood development "Das Präsidium" in close cooperation and with a broad consensus.

This result is now being fixed in the building law, so that the planning and realisation of the building construction can be started soon and the years of vacancy can be overcome.

In the all-day jury meeting on 31 August 2020, the jury unanimously nominated the design by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten from Frankfurt am Main as the winner of the restricted design competition.

After the first jury meeting on 8 June 2020 selected six works for the second phase from the original 15 national and international entries in the design competition, the remaining offices now presented their revised designs. In this prominent field of participants, the Frankfurt office was able to assert itself, which was positively received by all those involved in the procedure.

After an intensive exchange of ideas under the direction of the jury chairwoman Prof. Ulrike Lauber, the representatives of the city, the investor and the independent architects agreed that the design by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten was particularly impressive because of its unusual high-rise design, in order to continue the development of the area.

The task for the architectural offices was extensive and complex:

A modern quarter with approx. 100,000 m² GF will be built on the site of the old police headquarters at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage/corner of Mainzer Landstraße. In addition to its unique location in the heart of the city of Frankfurt, the project also serves as a link between the already existing adjacent city quarters and the new Europaviertel.

In the future ensemble of buildings, consisting of new buildings and listed stock, the focus will be on office, hotel, privately financed and subsidised residential construction, as well as complementary public uses. The urban development concept had to take into account, among other things, the planning of a high-rise building, the public passage through the quarter, the handling of the cultural monument and the planned extension of the Falkschule with sports hall and optional classrooms.

"I am very pleased that after the long period of vacancy we now have an attractive concept and that the unattractive wasteland is coming to an end," says Frankfurt's Planning Director Mike Josef. "In the winning design I am particularly impressed by the crystalline tower, which gives the new quarter an expressive centre. I am also very pleased that with Meixner Schlüter Wendt, a Frankfurt office with extensive experience in high-rise construction was able to win the competition".

Mathias Düsterdick, CEO of Gerchgroup AG: "The revision of the drafts has once again raised the level of the work. We are very satisfied with the winning design by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten. It is a unique design for the Frankfurt skyline, and there is still some need for revision in terms of urban planning and peripheral development. I would particularly like to thank the City of Frankfurt, and here on behalf of it the head of the planning department, Mike Josef, for the close and trusting cooperation in the course of the project so far. “

Jury chair Prof. Ulrike Lauber: "The work is convincing with the high degree of independence of the urban development concept and with the exciting and bold high-rise that will stand out in the silhouette of the city of Frankfurt. Together with the old police headquarters, it will become a very special place in the heart of Frankfurt.“

The designs of the participating architectural firms will be on display at the Frankfurt City Planning Office from 2 September 2020 and can be viewed by the interested public

The submitted designs can also be viewed and downloaded at https://c4c-berlin.de/projekte/das-praesidium/presse.

The Gerchgroup is a project developer operating nationwide with headquarters in Düsseldorf. The company was founded by Mathias Düsterdick (CEO) and Christoph Hüttemann (CEO) at the end of October 2015, after both had previously sold their shares in the PDI Group.

Currently, the Gerchgroup realises a total project development volume of around €5 billion. Further project acquisitions are imminent.

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