Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for New High Rise in Frankfurt

Riverpark, the firm’s first project in Europe, will transform an office tower into a stack of luxury apartments
Riverpark Tower Ole Scheeren

The tower’s transparent facade will offer sweeping views of Frankfurt. Courtesy Büro Ole Scheeren

After making his mark across Asia with a series of bold buildings ranging from the dizzying Interlace apartments in Singapore to the pixelated MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok, architect Ole Scheeren is finally embarking on his first project in Europe. In an announcement yesterday, his architecture studio Büro Ole Scheeren unveiled the designs for a new residential high rise in Frankfurt, Germany.

Riverpark Tower Ole Scheeren

The tower overlooks Frankfurt’s Main River Courtesy Büro Ole Scheeren

Riverpark, as the project is called, will tower 330 feet alongside the city’s Main River. For its design, the architect will insert a series of horizontal glazed volumes into a ’70s-era “hermetically enclosed” office tower. Some of the volumes, stacked like a pile of books, feature dramatic cantilevers to create ample terraces and green space. By employing such an approach, said Scheeren in a release, “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 Ole Scheeren

Concept design for Riverpark Tower Courtesy Büro Ole Scheeren

The tower is backed by the German developer GEG and will contain a mix of 220 units ranging from studios to multi-room suites. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018.

Riverpark Tower Ole Scheeren

Ole Scheeren will repurpose an existing office center to create 220 residences. Courtesy Büro Ole Scheeren

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