Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

Hotel and Boardinghouse "Molenspitze", Frankfurt am Main - Competition 1st Prize

The Waterfront Hotel is located at a prominent site on the “Molenspitze.” This west-facing triangular point of land sits at the end of an industrial peninsula used for warehouses and container shipping at Frankfurt’s East Bay. The site affords panoramic views of the European Central Bank, the new Hafenpark development area, and the prominent Frankfurt skyline. Due to the geometry of the site, the building is organized as a triangular pinwheel with offset corners defined by the depth of the hotel rooms. This strategy breaks down the mass of the 60-meter-tall building, which is further complimented by a folded accordion façade to maximize views and orientations. The boarding house and hotel are divided by an intermediate 12thlevel which acts as a meeting place equipped with a bar, fitness, spa and conference space. It is articulated asymmetrically by a column-free open-air loggia facing the west of Frankfurt. 

Recalling a historical (yet unbuilt) structure for this site it will resemble a lighthouse: ephemeral and reflective. Due to the cantilevered building volume the facades are curtain walls that are materially and visually light. The cantilever simultaneously provides a roof over the beach club and river walk.

Unique to the building’s construction are the cantilevered facades created by shear walls over the core construction, which means that the rooms have unobstructed views without structural walls or columns blocking the façade. The bay windows are framed with oak window-box seats to sit in combination with a working table. This entire zone for work or leisure can be spatially separated from the sleeping area by a light curtain when desired.


Project Information

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin
Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Martina Bauer (Principal in Charge), Sebastian Awick (Team Leader Competition), Robert Tzscheutschler (Team Leader Competition), Pablo Sequero, Jan Szkarlat, Patrick Weber, Francesca Zecca


Hotel, Boardinghouse



Frankfurt a.M, Germany


Size (BGF)

25,500 sqm



2019, 1st Prize


Renderings Exterior: Ponnie Images