Mannheim / Germany

2016 – 2022

The Franklin Barracks in Mannheim is one of the largest conversion projects in Germany and, once completed, will provide house up to 8,000 residents. As the most immediately recognizable part of this large scale urban redevelopment four separate towers are planned in the distinctive form of letter-shaped buildings. The four letter-shaped buildings spell out the word H-O-M-E, making reference to the former use as a US military barracks. A complex mix of different housing typologies will ensure a vibrant, socially mixed urban quarter. haascookzemmrich STUDIO2050 has been appointed for the high-rise „H“.The high-rise „H“ is situated on the central axis, the Europe Allee, which serves as a gateway to the city district. The design is for a 48-meter-high residential building with a range of different sized rental apartments, supplemented by a kindergarten, retail units and community gardens. A number of two-storey lofts form a plinth, where they are complimented by exhibition spaces, workshops, and flexible work/living spaces, which serve to enliven this axis. The roof to the plinth provides for neighborhood gardens and communal meeting spaces for the residents. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2022.

Short Facts


GBG Mannheim / Germany

Planing Team

General Planner und Architect
haascookzemmrich STUDIO2050, Stuttgart / Germany

Genkel Architekten, Stuttgart / Germany

Energy Concept
TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart / Germany

Fire Protection Consultant
hpp süd, Ludwigshafen / Germany

Structural Engineering - and Façade Engineering
schlaich bergermann und partner sbp GmbH, Stuttgart / Germany

Landscape Architect
Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl GmbH, Überlingen / Germany

Building Physics
BBI Bayer Bauphysik GmbH, Fellbach / Germany

Mechanical and Building Services Engineering
HE plantechnik GmbH, Stuttgart / Germany

Façade Consultant
Mosbacher + Roll GmbH, Tettnang / Germany


Gross Floor Area (GFA)
ca. 23,200 m²

Building Volume
ca. 78,400 m³

Number of Floors
Basement 1, Plinth 2, Towers 12

The Team


Freie Architekten PartG mbB

Gymnasiumstraße 52
70174 Stuttgart

Telefon: +49 711 22936260
Fax: +49 711 22936273

4th Floor, Number 1
Lane 299, Fu Xing West Road
200031 Shanghai
P. R China

Telefon: +86 138 1396 0504