Lyoner Carrée, Frankfurt Niederrad

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2011 - 2016

Design of a new residential complex featuring 134 dwellings built to passivhaus standard, consisting of five buildings with a shared underground car park

  • Client: ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING Wohnungsbau- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Timeframe: 2011 - 2016
  • GFA: 24,800 sqm
  • Use: Residential Development
site plan
site plan

Over the course of the coming years "Bürostadt Niederrad" the office district in Frankfurt is to be gradually transformed from a mono-structural commercial zone into a vibrant mixed-usage district. To this end in 2008 the municipal planning department produced the "Lyon Quarter" framework plan, which became the basis for a new legal zoning plan.

The plot of land where railroad workers previously had their allotments and which ABG FRANKURT HOLDING has acquired with the intention of building passivhaus-standard rented accommodation is right on Lyoner Strasse.

Vertical facades
Vertical facades
Green courtyard
Green courtyard

The development comprises three 7-8-storey buildings which are aligned in a ‘C' shape and connected by a single-storey pedestal building. Two six-storey dwellings are to be erected in the courtyard that this produces, and which opens out westwards. In the buildings a total of 134 apartments in sets of two or three and measuring between 60 and 130 sq. m. will be built over a gross surface (GSA) of approx. 18,500 sq. m. Alongside residential space the southern building will house a five-group nursery spread over the first two floors.

Upright windows in the block of buildings give the facades a vertical structure, while the sides facing south and west feature curved horizontal balconies in front. Boasting spacious openings and corner balconies the stand-alone buildings in the courtyard are conceived as garden buildings.

Solitary in the yard
Solitary in the yard
Rental housing construction in passive house standard
Rental housing construction in passive house standard

Beneath the buildings there will be a single-storey underground car park, the top of which will be approx. 1.0 m below street level. There will be no underground car park between the two courtyard buildings, enabling a large area with natural ground where there will be a neighborhood plaza.