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Europa- boulevard South5

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

There are floor-to-ceiling windows all around the building.

The Europa district is being developed between Frankfurt’s trade fair complex and the banking district – on the site of erstwhile freight railway yards. Plot Süd 5 lies on the main artery of the new district, the 60-meter-wide Europaallee. This site will in future house 128 rental apartments and two commercial units. The apartments will have 1-4 rooms with a GFA of between 40 and 120 square meters.

The perimeter to the boulevard is formed by a 51-meter-wide building with seven full storeys and a set-back penthouse storey in the South. The latter will feature spacious roof terraces and extensive private atriums. The rear section of the plot is occupied by two urban villas each with four full storeys and a set-back top storey. Inspired by the architecture that characterized 19th-century boulevards, the facade on the avenue side is clad with Creme Sintra stone. There are floor-to-ceiling windows all around the building. The backyard elevation and the two urban villas have rendered rather than stone facades. By way of balance, robust molding traces the line of the storey ceilings and incorporates the corner balconies. The staircases are clearly visible in the façade.

Exquisite materials define the interiors. For example, the staircases have granite flooring, while parquet and stoneware tiles are used for the apartment floors. Every unit has its own balcony or loggia, or a terrace in the case of the set-back penthouses. Beneath the complex is a two-storey underground car park with 132 parking spaces. Access to the car park is via a cul-de-sac on the eastern perimeter of the plot. It ends in a traffic-calmed green area equipped with a playground.

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