Main: East Side Lofts

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2015

Main: East Side Lofts is a mixed-use building, located in a rapidly developing neighborhood near Frankfurt’s East Harbor (Osthafen). The project is composed of two parts: the renovation of a neoclassical building that was only half constructed due to the outbreak of World War I and a contemporary addition of equal size that completes the original structure. To create a cohesive whole, the addition corresponds to the volume, rhythm, and proportions of the original building. It also takes on the generous floor-to-floor height of the prewar structure and the angular shape of its mansard roof. Modern in character and form, the addition’s sculpturally folded façade and playful use of color establish a dynamic relationship with the existing landmark’s classic column rhythm and window proportions.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Main: East Side Lofts

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2015

The 1913 building was originally intended as the headquarters for the Lencoryt spinning mill and later served as a hospital and workers housing. Its comprehensive renovation involved a close collaboration with Frankfurt’s Landmarks Department.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.
©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.
©Jean-Luc Valentin

Key characteristics of the historic structure have been retained, including its high ceilings and large window openings that allow generous amounts of natural light to fill the interiors.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Publications

Pepchinski, Mary. “Soul Sister: A new structure completes an unfinished century-old building by replicating its scale and adding some funk.” Architectural Record, September 2016.

Alternativen zur Mole.” Frankfurter Rundschau, July 7, 2010.

Arnold, Andreas. “Im Osthafen stimmt das Gesamtpaket.” Frankfurter Rundschau, August 29, 2009.

Kremers, Patrick. “Die Perle soll wieder glänzen.” Frankfurter Rundschau, August 25, 2009.

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©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Main: East Side Lofts

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2015

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Main: East Side Lofts is a mixed-use building, located in a rapidly developing neighborhood near Frankfurt’s East Harbor (Osthafen). The project is composed of two parts: the renovation of a neoclassical building that was only half constructed due to the outbreak of World War I and a contemporary addition of equal size that completes the original structure. To create a cohesive whole, the addition corresponds to the volume, rhythm, and proportions of the original building. It also takes on the generous floor-to-floor height of the prewar structure and the angular shape of its mansard roof. Modern in character and form, the addition’s sculpturally folded façade and playful use of color establish a dynamic relationship with the existing landmark’s classic column rhythm and window proportions.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

The 1913 building was originally intended as the headquarters for the Lencoryt spinning mill and later served as a hospital and workers housing. Its comprehensive renovation involved a close collaboration with Frankfurt’s Landmarks Department.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.
©Jean-Luc Valentin
©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Key characteristics of the historic structure have been retained, including its high ceilings and large window openings that allow generous amounts of natural light to fill the interiors.

©Nikolas Koenig/OTTO.

Publications

Pepchinski, Mary. “Soul Sister: A new structure completes an unfinished century-old building by replicating its scale and adding some funk.” Architectural Record, September 2016.

Alternativen zur Mole.” Frankfurter Rundschau, July 7, 2010.

Arnold, Andreas. “Im Osthafen stimmt das Gesamtpaket.” Frankfurter Rundschau, August 29, 2009.

Kremers, Patrick. “Die Perle soll wieder glänzen.” Frankfurter Rundschau, August 25, 2009.

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