Frankfurt / Main, Germany

Omniturm with its office, residential and public spaces is Germany’s first mixed-use high-rise building. The tower is designed as a slender, rational stack of floors, with two sculptural movements following the changes in function.

The lower floors are shifted back and forth to create terraces and arcades for the public levels, thereby anchoring the building in its surroundings. In the middle of the tower, which accommodates the residential units, the floors slide outwards in a spiral movement following the course of the sun. The ‘hip-swing’ lends the tower lightness and dynamics and marks a turning point in Frankfurt’s city center, which is characterized by office towers that are monotonous regarding their use. This change in the silhouette creates non-public outdoor spaces with impressive views for the residents. The upper section of the Omniturm returns to the simple, efficient addition of floors, and the metal-glass façade rises evenly. This results in flexible floor plans for office use.

The tower is to be animated with active (business) life through a mixture of conventional office tower tenants and smaller start-ups.

Frankfurt / Main, Germany
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group,
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tishman Speyer Properties; Commerzbank, Frankfurt / Main
Mixed use compromising offices and apartments
190 m
December 2019
Best High-Rises 2020/21