Tower 185 - The Next Generation of Highrise
One of Frankfurt's new skyscrapers - Tower 185 - is to be built in a top central location, between the trade fair, the main station and the banking district. Tower 185 marks the entrance to the Europaviertel and is in the immediate vicinity of the Skyline Plaza, the planned shopping and conference centre.
Tower 185 consists of a horseshoe-shaped plinth building with a natural stone facade. Rising up out of this structure are two multi-storey sections with an aluminium-glass facade that enclose a central glass structure. Together they form the actual tower. The complex was designed by Frankfurt architects Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten. According to Mäckler, the architectural symbolism stems from a rematerialised modernist design epitomising both timeless elegance and a sustainable use of increasingly scarce resources.
Tower 185 comprises modern, efficient work areas of the highest quality. The highly flexible structure with its generous room height of 3 m throughout permits all kinds of modern office designs throughout the entire building: the classic office cubicle, the efficient open-plan office, or the attractive combination office. The international auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (PwC) has already opted to use Tower 185 as its new Frankfurt headquarters and has signed a long-term lease for some 60,000 square metres.
Besides offices, the six-storey plinth building will also house the conference centre and the employee canteen of PwC. A central, urban entrance square will lead into the six-storey foyer, thereby joining the Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage with the Europaviertel. Shops and restaurants in the ground floor of the plinth building will invite visitors to linger a while and will inject life into the entire neighbourhood of Tower 185. The upper floors of the 50-storey tower will house prestigious offices, communications and conference rooms with a unique panoramic view of the Frankfurt skyline.