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Monday 19 Jan 2015

Coop Himmelb(l)au’s design for the Flying Garden Tower will define the new Frankfurt Airport district.

The designs for the Flying Garden Tower project, released by Coop Himmelb(l)au will form part of the Gateways Gardens district in Frankfurt, Germany.
The building will be located in the urban district development Gateways Gardens that is part of Frankfurt Airport City, one of Europe’s main transportation hubs.

With its outstanding profile and polygonal shape, the Flying Garden Tower is a 67 m tall building, easily recognisable from any part of Frankfurt Airport, as well as from the nearby motorways. This makes the Flying Garden Tower a highly visible landmark for this new district.

The interaction between architecture and sustainable design of the Flying Garden Tower answers specific requirements of the location and offers technological solutions to the preservation of the local environment.

The elliptic shape and orientation of the building optimise its climate efficiency: the east and west façades are mostly exposed to solar light,  so they are protected by the buffer zone of the atriums, as tall as the building itself, and with suspended ‘flying’ gardens. In the east and west areas are also located conference and meeting rooms.
Also the north and south
façades are optimally aligned in terms of energy efficiency: the flexible and adaptable spatial concept enables office cubicles, private and open-plan offices, and bull pens.


Client: Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens GmbH
Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Design Partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
Senior Project Partner: Frank Stepper
Design Architect: Stephan Sobl
Project Architect: Johannes Behrens
Project Team: Akvile Rimantaite, Ursula Trost, Jinhee Koh
Graphic Design: Jan Rancke
Model Building: Win Man, Paul Hoszowski, Po Yao
Energy Design: Brian Cody Consulting GmbH
Structural Engineering: Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZTGmbH
Visualization: Luxigon Los Angeles

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