European Central Bank

The location for the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt’s Ostend district has the potential of adding a new landmark to the Frankfurt skyline that will be visible at great distances. The starting point for the design of the towers was the urban perspectives of the city of Frankfurt.

European Central Bank - Courtesy of Paul Raftery

European Central Bank – Courtesy of Paul Raftery

At a height of around 185 meters, the double tower, with its polygonal shape and east-west orientation, has a striking profile that is visible from all important reference points in Frankfurt’s city center, as well as from the river Main. Thanks to its form and presence, the double tower will become a characteristic feature of the Frankfurt skyline.

European Central Bank - Courtesy of Paul Raftery

European Central Bank – Courtesy of Paul Raftery

The tower ensemble is the result of a design process inspired by the urban links with the city of Frankfurt. Owing to its clear orientation towards the important urban perspectives, the ensemble enters into a dialogue with the important urban reference points in Frankfurt: the Alte Oper, the Museumsufer and the financial district. Starting with the economical typology of a double-slab high-rise, a second design step combines the urban planning specifications with the geometric transformation of the towers, in order to generate a multi-faceted building structure while preserving its urban significance.

European Central Bank - Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

European Central Bank – Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

The atrium between the office towers becomes a “vertical city”. Through platforms we are creating spaces, plazas and pathways between the towers, just as they exist in a city. The connecting and transferring levels divide the atrium horizontally into three sections of different sizes, with heights ranging from around 45 to 60 meters.

European Central Bank - Courtesy of Paul Raftery

European Central Bank – Courtesy of Paul Raftery

These connecting platforms, bridges, ramps and stairs form a network of links between the office towers. They create short paths between the individual office floors in each tower and thus enable larger, interconnected usable office spaces on one or more floors in both towers, thereby also promoting informal communication. This new typology supports a dynamic development of form and enables differentiated office spaces with different panoramic perspectives.

European Central Bank - Courtesy of  Robert Metsch

European Central Bank – Courtesy of Robert Metsch

Project Info
Architects : Coop Himmelb(l)au
Design Architect : Karin Miesenberger
Location : Frankfurt, Germany
Year : 2014
Type : Bank/ Tower/ Office
Photographs : Robert Metsch, Paul Raftery

 

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