EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

Frankfurt/Main / 2004

Worldwide open 2-phase Competition 2nd Prize

This building in the east of the city centre enters into a dialogue with the skyscraper family of the other banks in the west end with a dominant, but quite different, voice. Three 133 metre high towers are linked to a restaurant level at the very top by the “sky bridge”. Seven narrow pedestrian bridges extend between the towers at different heigths, creating additional connections and possibilities for internal communication.

This entirely new skyscraper type expresses the special significance of the Central Bank for Frankfurt as a financial centre and for Europe, and equally, solidity and openness. The former central market hall, a key work of classical Modernism built by Martin Elsaesser in 1928, is integrated into the project. It becomes a lavish main foyer, a meeting place and events venue, offering many additional functions open to employees and visitors in its built-in hall, conference rooms, social and sports facilities, shops and cafés.

AREA:

210.000 sqm

DESIGN:

Architekten Schweger Partner Schneider Kohl Meyer