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Competition results

"Niederrad am Main" urban development competition

The assignment for the “Niederrad am Main” ideas competition organized by the City of Frankfurt’s Urban Planning Department was to develop ideas for the future of the Niederrad district and the Mainfeld complex. The project title (Niederrad on the Main) references two of the main objectives: Niederrad was to be brought closer to the River Main; and the riverside road was to no longer be regarded as a border between the district and the river bank.

The planning assignment was put out for tender across Europe in an open, two-stage urban development ideas competition.
Of the 54 entries submitted, 15 were short-listed for further development in the second stage of the competition.
On May 26, 2010 the jury, comprising urban planners, architects, politicians, and businessmen, awarded two second prizes and two third prizes to entries that had been short-listed. It also honored a further three with commendations.

None of the plans provided a conclusive answer as to how the high-rises in the Mainfeld complex should be dealt with in the future. Viable plans were drawn up which envisage the residential high-rises being retained and upgraded, while some concepts proposed a fundamentally new approach. For this reason, despite the high quality of the entries the jury failed to award a first prize.

The winners are:

2nd prize
ANP Architektur- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Kassel
( 28,500)

2nd prize
Jo. Franzke Architekten, Frankfurt/Main
with Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Berlin
( 28,500)

3rd prize
BS + städtebau und architektur, Frankfurt/Main
with el:ch landschaftsarchitekten, Munich
( 17,500)

3rd prize
CB Landschaften, Berlin
with o5 architekten + ingenieure, Frankfurt/Main
( 17,500)

Recommendations (each worth 6,433) were awarded to:

  • Siegmüller.vodde, Berlin with Kuula Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin
  • Trojan Trojan + Partner, Darmstadt with Heide Landschaftsarchitekten, Frankfurt/Main
  • M. Hähnig, M. Gemmeke Dipl.-Ing. Freie Architekten BDA, Tübingen with S. Fromm Dipl.-Ing. Freier Garten und Landschaftsarchitekt, Dettenhausen