Skyline Plaza (Frankfurt)

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Skyline Plaza, south-east side
Congress center Kap Europa

Skyline Plaza is a building complex in the western part of Frankfurt, Germany, near the trade fair premises of Messe Frankfurt. It is planned to consist of four buildings:

  • a shopping mall with around 180 shops and restaurants (opened on 29 August 2013) and a large spa (opening scheduled for February 2014)
  • a congress center for Messe Frankfurt (opening scheduled for June 2014)
  • a 180 m (590 ft) office tower (proposed)
  • a 172 m (564 ft) residential tower (under construction)

Location[edit]

The complex is located on a site which housed Frankfurt's central goods station until 1998. The whole area, including the former railroad tracks, has since been developed into a new housing and business area called Europaviertel. The Skyline Plaza complex borders the Frankfurt trade fair premises and the Messeturm to the north.

Buildings[edit]

Skyline Plaza (right) and Kap Europa (left) under construction in May 2013
Skyline Plaza, view from Europa-Allee with Tower 185 in the background
Stretched east side of the shopping center
A facade of the Skyline Plaza, showing its colored louvers

Shopping mall and spa[edit]

The oval-shapped building with a total of 38,000 square meters of sales floor on two levels and around 2,400 parking spaces opened on 29 August 2013. A unique attraction is a public park-like area on top of the building with a restaurant, a playground and green areas (Skyline Garden).[1][2] A separate fitness and spa area, operated by MeridianSpa, opened on 1 February 2014.[3]

Congress center Kap Europa[edit]

The congress center is used by Messe Frankfurt and offers 14 meeting rooms for up to 2,400 people. It is the only building used by Messe Frankfurt that is located outside the actual trade fair grounds. It opened in May 2014.

Office tower ONE Frankfurt[edit]

A 180 m (590 ft) office tower, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is planned for the north corner of the Skyline Plaza site. The construction is planned to start in 2017 and to be completed in 2020.

Residential tower The Grand[edit]

In 2008 Hyatt Hotels Corporation signed a contract to build a luxury 110m Grand Hyatt hotel tower on the site. The proposed design was created by UNStudio. In 2013 Hyatt dropped out of the project.

In April 2014, a residential tower with a height of 160m was proposed instead.

In March 2016, the construction began, with an increased height of 172m.

Public transport[edit]

Skyline Plaza is well accessible with the public transport system. Nearby are the stations Festhalle/Messe (U-Bahn line U4, tram lines 16 and 17) and Güterplatz (Tram lines 11 and 21).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The sky's the limit", worldarchitecturenews.com, 29 Aug 2013
  2. ^ Katie David, "Germany's Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We've Never Seen", Inhabitat 09/12/13. [1]
  3. ^ "Trainieren und Entspannen in der Mainmetropole"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°06′34″N 8°39′10″E / 50.10944°N 8.65278°E / 50.10944; 8.65278