Goldsteinstraße, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Conversion and new construction of an existing building into 134 micro apartments

Completion expected in 2020


  • High densification creating modern living space
  • Creation of functional and affordable housing


  • Conversion of existing structures
  • Use of sustainable building materials
  • Energetic renovation of a former men’s dorm in a modern residential building complex with apartments as a KfW efficiency house 70
  • Use of local heating
  • Natural ventilation and illumination: low tech instead of high tech


  • High utilization of the property size
  • Efficient adaptation of the residential typologies to the existing stock
  • Cooperation with local specialist planners


4.606 m²

Design team

Marc Böhnke, Mario Reale, Claudia Weyna, Reshad Wahabzada


Romig GmbH & Co. KG Bauconsult (fire prevention), Brandschutz Spittank (test engineer fire prevention), Vermessungsbüro Seeger und Kollegen (survey), CDM Smith Consult GmbH (pollution measurement), Brand & Partner (MEP), STU-Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen (structure, heat proof, sound insulation), Third (visualization)


On Goldsteinstraße in Frankfurt Niederrad, a vacant former dormitory from the year 1970 is being energetically renovated and revitalised into a modern residential complex with small, energy efficient apartments. On a living space of around 3,000 m², approx. 140 small apartments will be built. The property is connected to the local public transport, the international airport Frankfurt am Main as well as to the Frankfurt city centre. The red building façade and components form the address and create an urban and architectural identification point. The unsealing and vegetation of the area creates a balance between rainfall intake and drainage. A natural water cycle will get maintained.

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