Jo. Franzke Architekten Jo. Franzke Architekten

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Town Hall

Eschborn, Germany

In order to emphasize the L-shaped footprint, the architecture is restricted to a few materials only.

The existing complex of town hall and civic hall in the center of Eschborn was emblematic for the small town’s willy-nilly development into a boom town. This sorry state of affairs will be rectified by adding a high-quality L-shaped structure. Facing Rathausplatz the new building reflects the height of the residential buildings.

This section and in particular the civic hall (clad in translucent, back-lit figured glass) houses those functions with a strongly public thrust. In the form of the adjoining town hall, a strong landmark is created in the skyline, an icon that adequately represents the political and cultural center of the town. In order to emphasize the L-shaped footprint, the architecture is restricted to a few materials only.

The façade is based on a 1.35 grid, which is articulated in a serial arrangement of room-high supports. This emphasis on the vertical is ameliorated by adding stone strips that demarcate the ceiling of each floor. In the area of the civic hall the grid footprint is doubled to form a colonnade.  

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Estate Im Mainfeld
Frankfurt am Main , Germany

Estate Im Mainfeld

In the 1970s ten residential high-rises were built on the periphery of Niederrad close to the River Main; today the area is considered a social flashpoint. In order to upgrade the district an urban development competition was held, which was won by the design Jo. Franzke Architekten submitted. The plan represents a new concept for the estate based on the idea of reversing the rigid focus on high-rise structures.

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