Six projects were presented for the competition of a Grand Hyatt Hotel for Frankfurt, Germany. The jury’s chairperson, Johann Eisele, chose UNStudio’s proposal to proceed with further development. “All the proposals were of an exceptionally high standard. The award-winning design by UNStudio is particularly outstanding as it presents a type of high-rise which does not yet exist in this form in Frankfurt. The contribution by UNStudio demonstrates how harmony can be created between extensive functional demands and the high requirements of exterior and interior design,” commented Eisele.
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According to Ben van Berkel, the design for the Grand Hyatt’s 110 meter tall building celebrates and highlights the cosmopolitan character and diversity of Frankfurt. “It has three different elevations that are linked to the different aspects of the city. The tower takes up the variation and diversity offered by the city of Frankfurt and reflects that multiplicity of experiences back to the city itself,” van Berkel stated.
These different elevations fuse together to form a sleek façade that will appear to change shape depending on the angle from which it is viewed. “It appears needle-thin from one spot, strong and straight from another, and complex with a slight twist from yet another,” comments van Berkel. UNStudio’s simple and yet elegant form will offer a dynamic entrance to the city while also providing 405 rooms and suites, a ballroom, spa, various restaurants, and a public Sky Lounge.
With this winning proposal, UNStudio has created an architectural language that responds to the programmatic needs of a luxury hotel and is also highly integrated into the preexisting cityscape.
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