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Platensiedlung Nord

Urban development draft, Housing, Nachverdichtung
District: Local district:
Size of area:
about 7.5 ha
Project management:

Mr. Ingo Lachmann
fone: +49 (0)69 212 34404

Project description

Reason for planning
There is a constant lack of housing in Frankfurt, especially in the lower price segment. Consequently, there is an urgent need to create new, affordable housing, ideally in the short term.
As Platensiedlung is wholly owned by one firm, namely ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING, there is no need for lengthy consultations and a homogenous overall concept can be developed for the estate.
Platensiedlung Nord is composed of relatively long rows making it ideal for adding floors to the existing buildings and erecting several new ones. The project could not only provide additional apartments but also establish those infrastructure facilities missing to date.

Development area
The development area is located roughly 4 km northwest of downtown Frankfurt and forms part of district 9, namely Ginnheim.
In the north the project area is bordered by the plots to the south of Raimundstrasse, in the east by a green space, in the south by Platenstrasse and in the west by Stefan Zweig Strasse 1-17.
The development area covers some 7.5 hectares, which includes public transportation areas and roads.
The existing buildings are typically three-story terraced houses. A total of 19 rows is made up of three individual buildings and the 342 apartments are generally large three, four and five room flats.

Planning objectives
By adding new floors to the existing buildings and making use of the space between the buildings ABG plans to create around 680 new apartments. The plans drawn up by Frankfurt-based Stefan Forster Architekten, who was awarded the task, foresee one, two and three-room apartments, which will in combination with the existing housing contribute to a balanced mix of apartments. Half of the new apartments will be created as subsidized apartments; 175 are to be student flats.
The project’s underlying idea is to reconcile the need for affordable new housing that is available quickly with the justified interest of the current tenants in stable living conditions and housing costs.
Two more storeys are to be added to the three-storey row housing based on a modular wooden construction. New buildings are to be realized at the ends of the existing rows and this will subsequently more clearly structure public and private space and develop the open areas between the rows into more private courtyards. And in a first step towards creating a lively, mixed quarter small shops or cafés will be established in the newly created ground floors on Platenstrasse to counter the estate’s current mono-function as housing. Moreover, the increased densities in the area will also generate greater demand, meaning additional facilities for the social infrastructure will also be built.
Four bridge houses will be built to straddle Sudermannstrasse. The resulting gateway this will produce in the east and west of the area will contribute to creating new inner courtyards.
The zone fronting the existing building will be allocated to the ground floors creating private green areas that can be used by the tenants as gardens. The central court areas whose design ABG developed through several discussions with the occupants are to be available to all residents. 
Underground car parks beneath the new courtyards will provide the additional car parking spaces required. The very narrow paths in Sudermannstrasse and the existing alignment of car parking spaces will be widened to at least 2.50 meters.
No increases in rent are to be incurred for existing tenants as a result of the construction measures. Moreover, as part of a relocation management scheme occupants are to be given the chance to move from an apartment that is too large for them into a smaller one within the district.

Planning progress

Currently: Completion of the overall project

Spring 2020: Completion of the final extensions

March 2019: Start of construction of the new buildings

17 December, 2018
: "Stacking party" to mark the assembly of the first prefabricated modules

Autumn 2018: Start of the extensions

For further information, please visit the website of ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING

  • Extension Sudermannstraße 13-17, on the right a bridge house will be added that will span Sudermannstraße, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • The entrance areas are now framed by the new raised terrace areas in front of the first floors, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • The end building K in front of the head creates a semi-enclosed access courtyard; trees will later be planted between the parking spaces, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • The front building of House A on Platenstrasse accommodates two retail units on the first floor and has two passageways to the inner courtyard, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • In order not to overload the existing pipe systems and not to inconvenience the residents of the row buildings too much with further structural interventions, the supply and disposal lines of the extensions were installed in front of the facades of the row buildings, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • In the foreground the extension of Stefan-Zweig-Straße 8-12 with the new raised terrace areas as a clear separation from the public space and in the background House I with student housing, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • The connecting building O connects two previously separate rows and accommodates a neighborhood meeting place on the first floor, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • As the existing rows were about half a storey above the ground level, the underground garages had to be dug in correspondingly less deeply to provide ground-level access from the first floor level. From Su-dermannstrasse, the exit to the underground car park and the access to the courtyard for the tenants is thus offset by "half a level" in each case, Here is an example of courtyard 5. © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main
  • Open space design in courtyard 5 with private front garden area and the open spaces in the center accessible to all tenants, © City Planning Office City of Frankfurt am Main