One ceremony, the laying of two foundation stones –work starts on the Scandic Hotel and the second phase of construction for Frankfurt’s Hafenpark district
On Wednesday afternoon representatives of the City of Frankfurt, the developer, the planners and those involved in the construction work met up for the traditional foundation stone laying ceremony for the conference hotel and the residential apartments on construction plot South. AS+P Managing Partner, architect Martin Teigeler, took advantage of this special occasion to make a speech on site.
Along with Benjamin Herrman of the B&L Group and Martin Hunscher of the City of Frankfurt’s Planning Department attendees included Hamburg-based architect and designer Hadi Teherani, all of them at hand to sink the time capsules with AS+P’s architectural plans into the foundation stones of the masonry.
The residential building and the Scandic Hotel are part of an unusually ambitious project, as Teigeler stressed during the ceremony. After all, on the site of what used to be the “Honsell Triangle”, for which AS+P produced an urban planning study back in 2012, a lively urban district is visibly taking shape, with some 600 apartments in a multiple-story building and a conference hotel.
The latter is located only a stone’s throw away from the ECB and the banks of the Main River – from here future hotel guests will enjoy a fantastic view of Frankfurt’s skyline. “What we are talking about here is an exciting hotel project, the likes of which has never been seen in Frankfurt before. Not only is its architecture remarkable, blending in with the great sculpture that is the city, the same applies to the entire concept, with its “meeting park” and its multiplicity of plants in hanging constructions specially designed for the project, thus perfectly fitting in with the spirit of the current urban age which is so mindful of ecology,” as Teigeler explained in his speech.
B&L Real Estate GmbH commissioned AS+P to plan the design for the 4+ star hotel in 2018. Architects Hadi Teherani and prasch buken partner came up with the design concept. The new building with its 11 stories and some 23,000 m² of gross surface area has room for 505 guestrooms and is aiming to achieve the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)’s certification in gold. According to B&L, if everything goes according to plan the hotel will be opening in 2022.