Germany, Frankfurt on Main 

Frankfurt 21 - Conversion

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Conversion of the Central Station and the Urban Environment

Conversion 1996
Design Meinhard von Gerkan
with Joachim Zais
Staff Olaf Schlüter, Angelika Schneider, Stefan Schwappach

 

Photographers:

gmp Architekten

www.gmp-architekten.de

Michael Stumpfe

Following the new traffic concept of "Deutsche Bahn AG", Frankfurt’s overground terminus train stations will also be abandoned (as proposed for Stuttgart) in favour of the installation of a through station 20 m underground. Naturally the listed station building will be retained.

The existing column grid of the historic terminal is supported by a new beam structure that takes the form of a viaduct. A grand arched construction formally defines the building and supports stairs, escalators and bridges for the circulation to all platforms. The supposed disadvantage of the sunken "Central Park", 3 km long and 180 m wide, on the site previously covered by train tracks. Its edge is emphasized with dense housing development and terminated by two solitaire high rise buildings.

The park at the station ends in a square, forming a new linkage to the exhibition centre. The abandonment of the freight depot up to Rebstockpark makes possible the landscaping of a 60 m wide ground fair boulevard, linking the city centre from the east, and terminating in the square to the west.