Dutch design practice Mecanoo has won the competition to design the new Frankfurt Grand Central Tower in Germany. Sited in the country's fifth largest city, the residential tower will rise within walking distance of Central Station where a former post office once stood. Developed by Phoenix and Gross & Partner, the skyscraper hopes to meet the city's increased housing demand across all market segments. The glass and copper-colored metal tower was inspired by the surrounding industrial context. The location of the tower is bounded by Hafenstrasse and Adam-Riese-Strasse, on the north side of the railway. As the team states, the past few years have seen the beginnings of a transformation of the area between the railway and the Frankfurter Messe. Frankfurt is becoming a high-rise city, with about thirty towers reaching above a hundred meters in and around the city center. The new residential tower will include flexible workspaces, retail, catering, fitness and a kindergarten. Together, the programming aims to address the transformation of the surrounding business district into a mixed-use neighborhood for living and working.
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