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Ernst May district

Starting Point and objectives

Preparatory studies

Starting point

Ever since the A 661 interstate was built, the parkland spaces and leisure-time zones between Huthpark, Bornheim Cemetery and Günthersburgpark have been fragmented and exposed to noise. The A 661 interstate cut across and thus blocked the paths that originally led from the districts of Bornheim and Nordend to Seckbach, and residential quarters close to the interstate considerably affected by noise. Given the handicap of this routing, there are scarcely any opportunities for planning the new residential areas Frankfurt/Main so desperately needs here to meet housing requirements. As such, from an urban development perspective this is an unsatisfactory situation.

For this reason, in 2009 and 2010 the Municipal Authorities had a study conducted of how covering the section of the A 661 interstate between the Friedberger Landstrasse junction and the bridge in Seckbach could potentially provide new prospects for the future development of this section of town and its natural surroundings. The result of the study carried out by the firm Albert Speer & Partner (AS&P) confirmed that covering the A 661 can indeed create new, sustainable natural surroundings as well as potential for new residential quarters.

On this basis the City Council, with a cross-party majority, commissioned the Municipal Authorities to conduct preparatory studies for the “Ernst May district”. The results of the study were to be submitted to the City Council as the basis for taking a decision on a possible urban development measure.

Galeriebauwerk, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main


Following an analysis of the status quo, the main elements for planning the “Ernst May district” can be derived from the following objectives, which are all equal priorities:

  • Ensure noise protection for the existing residential quarters.
  • Create new housing areas in sections not subject to noise from the interstate.
  • Relink the natural surroundings between Huthpark and Günthersburgpark that have been cut off from each other since construction of the A 661.
  • Generate new green spaces for the public to extend existing parks and ease the burden on them at present, as well as to make the parkland areas and leisure-time zones more welcoming.
  • Improve the local micro-climatological situation.

Integrating and designing the cover structure such that it fits in with the natural surroundings can create a green axis that is important for the region and the city as a whole in line with the “Spokes and Rays” urban strategy concept. This way the areas of countryside in the regional park can be linked via the Frankfurt Green Belt with inner-city green zones and a green link forged that stretches as far as downtown.

New paths connecting Bornheim/Nordend, Seckbach and the Festeburg estate will be established and old ones resurrected, thus improving links between the various districts. In addition the adjacent residential areas previously subject to noise pollution from the interstate will be noticeably quieter, while the planned parkland areas will provide attractive leisure time and recreation space.

By changing the boundaries of the districts there will be a clear gain in integrated quiet downtown housing areas that are close to open spaces and in the vicinity of existing infrastructure facilities as well. Moreover the previously isolated Festeburg estate will become a district in its own right with links to the quarters at “Friedberger Warte” that adjoin to the south.

M 82 2016/ M 80 2016/ M 81 2016/ M 83 2016