Next Stop Origami
We unfold the urban ground and shape it into a station. Ramps, plateaus, and wide seating steps emerge from it. Our winning design for the realization competition announced by the Frankfurt am Main Public Transportation Company defines the station as an extension of the urban space. Both travelers and residents can make use of the space, as it is accessible from all directions. The folded form with its high recognition value becomes a defining feature for the entire location and has evolved into a landmark in Frankfurt Nordend.
The waiting area transforms into a walkable sculpture, becoming a city amenity that doesn't immediately reveal itself as a public transport station, thus encouraging curiosity for self-exploration. The sculptural waiting area consists of precise, seamlessly welded, sharp-edged steel plates that are folded, reminiscent of Japanese origami.
The dynamic form represents movement, transitory elements, and fluid transitions, from which the waiting area emerges. It becomes a place of encounter, offering much more than just a waiting space, thereby enriching the waiting experience for the users.
Floor lights, strategically positioned at the right angles to the folds, provide complete illumination of the waiting area. The sophisticated lighting concept extends even to the choice of paint, ensuring an optimal reflection level, enhancing the effect of the floor lights. As a result, the ton-heavy steel structure appears almost weightless, turning the station into a luminous presence in space.
Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
Eun Joon Jang
Frankfurt am Main
Floor and Roof Area
2 x 40 m² Roof Area
2 x 375 m² Platform Area
2 x 635 m² Ancillary Facilities
German Design Award 2018 – Winner
Heinze ArchitektenAWARD 2017 – Shortlist
Iconic Award 2017 – Winner
1. Platz Realisierungswettbewerb