UNStudio has emerged as the winner of an international competition to design what it says will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in German history once complete.
Developers Groß & Partner recently selected the studio’s 45,000 sq.metre NION office tower scheme to be located in a mixed-use district in Frankfurt called the Europaviertel West that has been under constant development since 2005.
UNStudio says it took a two-pronged approach to the ecological considerations presented in its design for the tower, which will also seek to be socially sustainable through the incorporation of specific programming that “encourages communication, gathering, and knowledge sharing.”
“A comprehensive sustainability and ESG approach for NION has been at the forefront from the beginning“ said Jürgen Groß, managing director of Groß & Partner. “The tower will offer great added value to its surroundings, not only in terms of design, but above all climatically and ecologically”
The construction of the tower will incorporate a variety of recycled materials in keeping with the studio’s long-held desire to enact a transition to the circular economy.
Prefabricated components and a modular support structure further embellish the ecological approach, while its photovoltaic exterior, smart building management system, geothermal heating and cooling capacity, energy recuperating elevators, and network of internal “green zones” provide a path towards DGNB Platinum certification.
As an integral part of the Europa-Allee urban green corridor, the site is intended to be a vehicle for greenery and biodiversity, bringing ecological benefits to the environment, while improving the microclimate and contributing to the well-being of visitors and users of the building.
To this end, UNStudio collaborated with OKRA landscape architects in optimising the design as integral part of Frankfurt’s green network.
UNStudio is also currently working with Groß & Partner on the currently under construction FOUR project in Frankfurt, one of the most dense inner-city developments in Europe.
Main image credit: UNStudio
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