Lyoner Straße 04

Housing estate
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main
  • Year: since 2020
  • Residential units: 158
  • Gross floor area (GFA): 21 900 m²
  • Client: GWH Bauprojekte GmbH
  • Project team: Attila Bende, Josipa Granic, Eppo Haas, Ahmed Ibrahim, Ulrich Ricker, Newa Wanner, Xiaoyan Wu
  • Address: Lyoner Straße 38, 60528 Frankfurt am Main
  • Other functions: community car park
  • Photos: Lisa Farkas


Since 2010 work has been underway on a project to transform Niederrad, a former business district now called “Lyoner Quartier”, into an area for both living and working. During this period Stefan Forster Architekten transformed three empty office buildings here for residential purposes – among them a 1970s high-rise on the southern border of the district (Lyoner Strasse 03), for the housing company GWH Wohnungsgesellschaft. Supplementing this are now two further buildings between Lyoner Strasse on the north and the urban woodland on the south. Facing the street is a cubic, eight-storey building volume with apartments above a multi-level car park. This is accompanied by a separate residential building laid out in the shape of an “S”, and enclosing two courtyards.

The four-storey car park is for use by residents of both these buildings, and also of the adjacent high-rise block. The strictly rationalist design of the façade of the combined apartment building with car park, reminiscent of Aldo Rossi, is realised in a warm red clinker brick which draws references to the strong red of the high-rise. The indented line of the low-rise block, which forms the backdrop, takes up this colour theme in alternating clinker brick and reddish render. All the three- to five-roomed apartments in the two buildings are dual aspect and have generously sized outdoor spaces in the form of loggias or terraces; only the two-room apartments look out onto one side only. The extensively greened flat roofs, intended as a kind of “fifth façade”, are variously landscaped and have paths through them.