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Redesign of Cheruskerweg

Redesigning the streetscape on Cheruskerweg

Redesigning the streetscape of Cheruskerweg is an important core project with a long-term focus which forms part of the integrated redevelopment approach for Social City Unterliederbach-Ost “Engelsruhe”. The aim is to enhance the street in its entirety and transform it into a prime location.

Together with the residential buildings (subsidized housing), which extend along the A66 interstate and, at 7 or 8 stories high, double up as noise protection, the line of Cheruskerweg forms the backbone of the Engelsruhe residential estate. Prior to the redesign, the street was subdivided into various functional sections, which were neither readily comprehensible as such nor fully developed. In 2011, the City Planning Department carried out a peer review for a solution that was functional, aesthetic and enhanced the quality of the street for the residents. Four planning firms took part in the competition, which saw the concept by Mann landscape architects from Fulda come out tops. The proposal formed the basis for further development and execution.


Büro Mann prepared and coordinated the design and implementation planning in 2012. At the same time, the plans were debated and voted on in the Social City Consultative Committee and at a meeting of local residents. In addition, the plans were discussed in detail with local residents during a joint inspection of Cheruskerweg.


  • Design detail: surrounds for garbage cans, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • New design of the Alemannenweg/Climbernweg section, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • View from the east westwards after the redesign , © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • 04-Tree surrounds, opening to the east, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Design detail of wall element between the front garden area and the sidewalk, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Mai
  • Opening to the east, overall setting, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Gotenstraße/Allemannenweg section, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Detail of new house entrance design , © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Impressions of the pedestrian promenade, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Cheruskerweg view from west to east, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Appropriation of free urban space, © LA Mann

Construction work commenced in August 2013. The project advanced in five stages and was completed in June 2015. Prior to the transformation, the multi-storey car park owned by Nassauische Heimstätte (NH) underwent extensive modernization enabling all parking spaces to be used henceforth.
The transformation, which was handled in collaboration with the Road Construction Office, succeeded in revitalizing the overall situation and boosting the image of Cheruskerweg. Improvements include giving the streetscape a clear layout, which serves to augment traffic flow, structure parking possibilities and make the street a quality leisure space for residents. In addition, the front gardens that extend along the 350-meter-long residential complex were rezoned in cooperation with NH. The entrances to the buildings likewise received a makeover to upgrade the new overall design.
The redesign of Cheruskerweg in essence takes its cue from the existing road layout. The northern sidewalk was widened to 4 meters and in its new capacity as a boulevard functions as a vibrant backbone in the quarter. Together with the new high-quality open spaces it serves as a lively meeting point and leisure space for young and old alike. The setting is enhanced by adding a new design feature, a long attractive wall at seat height that clearly distinguishes the sidewalk from the front gardens and encourages passers-by to sit down and take a rest.

Traffic routing was maintained as before, with a single lane width of 4 meters. Four crossings structure road traffic flow and offer safe opportunities for pedestrians to get to the other side of the road. The parking lanes along the street provide 53 additional parking spaces; these are rounded out by a car parking facility with 14 spaces at Gotenstrasse.
Overall, the extensive redesign has resulted in an attractive, high-quality urban space that caters to different user groups and, thanks to its appealing look-and-feel, promotes social integration among residents to ensure lively co-existence.