Housing estate
  • Location: Hanau
  • Year: 2021
  • Residential units: 79
  • Gross floor area (GFA): 8 560 m²
  • Client: Baugesellschaft Hanau GmbH
  • Project team: Anke Klauser, Manuel Rhöse, Elena de la Natividad, Julia Tamm, Andreas Wenger
  • Address: Philipp-Reiß-Straße 1–3, 63454 Hanau
  • Photos: Jean-Luc Valentin, Skykamera


The existing 1970s high-rise has 77 rental apartments divided between a 9-storey and an 11-storey section. Because of inadequate fire protection it became necessary to carry out extensive renovation of the building, 40 years after its construction. Along with improved fire protection, the building´s façade is also subject to extensive modernisation as part of energy-efficiency improvements, and the outside areas are to be upgraded. The existing façade will be removed and replaced with a clinker façade with a compact base and a differentiated arrangement of openings. The outdoor areas are to be enclosed by a continuous wall, and the area for the gardens of the tenants on the ground floor will be re-fenced and re-structured. Two new residential units are to be created on the roof of the southern part of the building.