Competition win for a new residential timber building in Germany

In late 2020, we won the invited competition to design a new residential building for serviced living in Liederbach, close to Frankfurt in Germany. The board of the non-profit “Cronstett- und Hynspergische evangelische Stiftung” has now approved the revised design proposal without any further objections.

The approval means that the course is clear to initiate a building application process for the sustainable development of the property Alt-Oberliederbach 10. With this project and the international team of experts, the 250-year-old foundation is entering new territory – not only regionally but also in terms of architecture.


The vacant former dormitory of Hoechst AG, which recently served the Main-Taunus district as a refugee housing, will be replaced by a modern timber building that reconnects the village centre with the Oberliederbacher Park and whose two well-proportioned buildings focus on the human scale and promote an active and socially sustainable lifestyle.

The project is the next milestone for us in Germany where we recently established a studio in Stuttgart. We are particularly happy that our client supports our ambition to build high quality architecture in timber.
Max Zinnecker, Managing Architect
The design is based on a health-promoting architecture contributing to the well-being and independence of the tenants. The building promotes social and physical activities as a basis for togetherness.
David Saand, Lead Architect

– The proximity to the park, the bright apartments and the use of wood as building material provide the residents with optimal conditions for a high-quality living with a close relationship to nature, says David Saand.


Great emphasis has been placed on the visual connection to the park. All apartments have large windows to at least two  directions, which provides for nice views and healthy daylight that varies during the day. The building’s entrance is located at the meeting point between city and park where a low pavilion leads residents and visitors to all the different functions of the building. The project’s high sustainability goals are expressed through a visible CLT frame on the inside and cedar wood as façade material on the outside.

– We are convinced that together with our international team of planners and experts we can make a relevant contribution to the New European Bauhaus, says Max Zinnecker.


Haus Hynsperg, Liederbach
– 40 spacious serviced apartments with different sizes as well as common areas primarily for the elderly, but also for younger people, especially those with acquired physical disabilities, as well as single parents with children.
– Gross floor area approximately 4.400 square meters.
– An underground garage will provide space for an overall mobility concept including electric bicycles and cars as well as car-sharing.
– The building is scheduled to be inaugurated in less than three years.

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