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Germany , Frankfurt

Architectural upswing in front of the historical Adlerwerke

Wings forms a lively gateway to Frankfurt's Gallusviertel district. In the middle of Frankfurt's hip Gallusviertel district, the new Wings development will be completed at the end of 2021.

The architectural firm planquadrat designed a varied ensemble of buildings with 239 one- to four-room condominiums of up to 99 square metres.

A view axis looks out over the restored façade of the Adlerwerke - the inspiration for the name Wings. After almost three and a half years of construction, Wings has closed an urban gap in Kleyerstraße.

Colourfully planted beds with a curved border and newly planted trees provide a natural living quality.

Classic appearance with exciting variety inside

The new quarter appears like a classic perimeter block development with a striking head building, but inside it is divided into two building complexes, each enclosing a courtyard.

The northern complex is largely used as a boarding house with a foyer and colourful balconies. The southern complex accommodates privately financed housing.

Along the facade of the historic Adlerwerke, two paths have been laid out with an urban square at the intersection. Two seven-storey head buildings frame the square. The outer facades of the new building complex blend harmoniously with the Wilhelminian style buildings in the neighbourhood.

Technology, functionality, design and aesthetics at the highest level

Modernity and urbanity extend from the outer shell to the interior and characterise sophisticated living concepts.

The bathroom plays a central role as a lifestyle-oriented living space. In the concept of the Wing, the architectural office planquadrat opted for high-quality ceramic tiles, extensive mirror surfaces to visually enlarge the bathroom area, designer bathtubs to soak in for relaxing hours and rain shower heads. The luxurious character of the rooms is further emphasised by the room height of over four metres.
The client also wanted to be able to add a shower toilet to the existing toilet module at a later date if required. The aesthetic fittings are rounded off by appropriate detail solutions, such as the use of the actuator plates from the TECEnow range in white. With their particularly flat design of only five millimetres and generous buttons, they blend into the elegant ambience of the sanitary rooms.

Discreet, high-quality fittings characterise the white and beige bathroom with large-format mirrors, Rainshower shower and ceramic tiles, and elegant details such as the TECEnow actuator flush plate.
The great flexibility of TECEsystem is particularly evident in these moments: The industrially prefabricated registers are adapted to extraordinary challenges such as four-metre-high walls.

Particularly high system walls allow for free space and flexibility

The design vision, the equipment wishes and the flexibility for later changes tipped the scales in favour of the industrially prefabricated sanitary walls and shafts from TECEsystem and against the originally planned prefabricated wet cells. This was because TECE also offered four-metre high, matching system walls for the bathrooms. This meant that all requirements could be met and the architects' freedom of design retained.

The highest demands in terms of technology, functionality, design and aesthetics could be met with minimal effort by opting for the prefabricated registers at the highest level. Because once planned, the prefabricated sanitary walls from TECEsystem can also fulfil all requirements for fire protection, sound insulation and drinking water hygiene.

Close support by TECE

TECE was also on site for this construction project with several application technicians to support the fitters from the company carrying out the work, mbs modulbauservice GmbH, as required. Some last-minute change requests from the customer were implemented during the production of the 200 modules at TECE.

Dipl.-Ing. Architect Markus Gruber, responsible project manager at planquadrat, draws a positive conclusion: "Fewer interfaces - also to the dry construction - plus all the freedom in terms of design: It was the first time we used TECEsystem and it convinced me very much. I can very well imagine it again for future large-scale projects."

The fitters from the executing company modulbauservice GmbH set up the prefabricated registers and connected them. In the process, they were closely supported by TECE.