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Mylius- strasse

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The footprints are flexible, making it possible to accommodate tenants’ requests at any time.

The five-storey 1960s office building is located in the Westend district. From the outset its architecture marked a break with the surrounding Gründerzeit buildings. Today, however, it is worth preserving, representing as it does a testimony to German post-War reconstruction and Frankfurt’s development into a service-providing city. The excess width, which does not lend itself to modern-day office usage, and the lack of insulation required the footprint to be restructured and the building totally refurbished. As part of this modernization the office levels were converted into combined offices configured around the service rooms in the center. The footprints are flexible, making it possible to accommodate tenants’ requests at any time. The new façade is clad with cream-colored natural stone and is reminiscent of the original structure. Textured, slightly embossed strips of stone trace the line of the ceiling on each storey. With metal jambs, the windows stand out from the natural stone. In order to emphasize the structure’s volume more clearly, a projecting strip of metal runs above the shop windows on the ground floor.

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