Frankfurt is experiencing a dramatic change at the moment. There are many new developments around Opernplatz (Opera Square) and Goethestrasse, with ma|ro in the centre of an expansion and upgrading of the entire Opera Quarter.
Together with two buildings on Neue Mainzer Straße, the seven-storey ma|ro makes for a changed entrance to Neue Rothofstraße and is a top address for offices in the best of locations and high-quality retail trade.
The sales and restaurant areas of about 3,800 square metres offer first-class space for 12 shops and catering facilities with large shop-window fronts spanning two storeys and a ceiling height of up to five metres. The building was completed in November 2016. The office tenants have moved into flexibly subdivided areas of a total 8,600 square metres.
The design utilises the complicated geometry of the properties and their varied connecting heights with the neighbours for the two buildings, whose design elements are reminiscent of hastily piled boxes. Hurriedly stored, provisionally piled, sometimes with a gap, other times protruding and retracting, seemingly without rhyme and reason. Thus, the boxes are piled up to a height of 32 metres.
A cantilevered glass roof covering the first floor separates the shop windows of the retail spaces from the office floors above them and offers protection against the elements for the shop-window stroller.
A three-storey underground garage offers space for 43 automobiles.