Based on the design by Eike Becker_Architekten, the former office towers at Kaiserlei in Offenbach are transformed into a Vertical Village – modern residential towers in which a new concept of urban neighbourhood is implemented. Where the offices of the Siemens power plant division used to be, around 600 compact, space-optimised apartments between 45 and 60 square metres will be built in the New Frankfurt Towers. Generous common areas are planned in the lower part of the building: coworking spaces for networking, living kitchens for cooking experiences with friends, a fitness studio for work-life balance and a sky bar with a view over the roofs of the city offer space for encounters outside your own four walls. The 19- and 22-storey New Frankfurt Towers form the impressive landmark of the new urban quarter VITOPIA, which is also being developed by Eike Becker_Architekten. By 2022, a mixed quarter with 1,100 apartments, commercial, retail and green spaces will be built on the 3.5-hectare site.
Despite a shortage of space, numerous disused commercial properties in prime locations are vacant. The Vertical Village concept developed by Eike Becker_Architekten aims to resolve this contradiction in town-planning. It converts former high-rise office buildings into vertical living space, thus opening up the opportunity of creating a lot of living space on a comparatively small footprint. Vertical Villages combine space-optimised, modern apartments with the advantages of a village community. A contemporary marketplace in the base offers room for encounters: whether library, cinema, conservatory, sun terrace, fireside lounge, kitchen for cooking together, restaurant, café or co-working space – in the Vertical Village there are enough places where different people come together and become neighbours all by themselves. In addition to Offenbach, the Vertical Village concept will also be implemented in Dresden, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Leipzig.