PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

The permeable nature of the plinth zone, housing restaurants and retail, will also make a significant contribution to the vibrant urban culture of the site, which is surrounded by water on three sides.

— schneider+schumacher
PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© Jörg Hempel

The iconic apartment building PANDION DOXX at Mainz Customs Port is now complete. A total of 168 apartments with underground parking have been created in a golden shimmering building based on a double-X plan, designed by Michael Schumacher – owner of schneider+schumacher – and bb22 Architekten, on behalf of the company Pandion. This double-X arrangement provides views in all directions and optimal daylight, while also maximizing the distance between this building and the development opposite. Apartments are predominantly located on the four upper floors, of six floors in total. An elevated ground floor opens onto outside space and the commercial uses and gastronomy there will be open to the public – a major asset for this quayside location surrounded by water on three sides. The name “DOXX” reflects both the shape of the building, and evokes the former harbour docks.

PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© Jörg Hempel

PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© Jörg Hempel

PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© Jörg Hempel

PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© Jörg Hempel

PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© schneider+schumacher

Ground floor

Ground floor

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1st upper floor

1st upper floor

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3rd upper floor

3rd upper floor

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PANDION DOXX, Mainz, Germany

© schneider+schumacher

In 2015, the company Zollhafen Mainz GmbH & Co. KG – in collaboration with the state capital Mainz – set up a multi-phase selection process to appoint an investor for this prominently located development site located in Mainz’s new urban district. From the four teams selected for the final round, schneider+schumacher and bb22 Architekten won first prize in November 2015.

The distinct shape of the building and the decision to raise all residential accommodation to the upper floor levels is central to this concept. This arrangement provides views in all directions and optimal daylight, as well as maximizing the distance between this building and the development lying opposite.

DOXX is just one of numerous projects under construction in Mainz’s historic harbour basin. Here, on a 22-hectare site, a district is emerging which will offer an urban mix of residential, work and leisure activities. According to Michael Schumacher: “With its exceptional site and striking architecture, DOXX occupies a privileged position and has the potential to become the new meeting place for residents and visitors.” Almost all the apartments have now been handed over to the occupants.

The double X-design is what sets this building apart. The shape is also reflected in its name “DOXX” – evoking the nautical term ‘docks’.

— schneider+schumacher

© Jörg Hempel

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Competition

2015

Construction time / duration

2017-2021

Project type

Residential Building

Client

PANDION AG

Architects

schneider+schumacher
(design together with bb22)

Planning experts

Structural planning:
SIG Schürmann IngenieurGesellschaft mbH

Building services:
WALTER MAIER INGENIEURE GmbH

Landscape design:
BSS Garten- und Landschaftsarchitekten

Fire protection:
Corall Ingenieure GmbH

Building physics:
GRANER + PARTNER INGENIEURE

Soil mechanics:
Althoff & Lang GbR

Surveying:
Vermessungsbüro Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Elmar Neuroth

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