Skyscrapers, Frankfurt am Main

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  • Exhibition hall # 3
    Exhibition hall # 3
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  • Patio on the upper level
    Patio on the upper level
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  • Frankfurt Skyline from the Camberger Bridge
    Frankfurt Skyline from the Camberger...
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    Frankfurt skyline and trade fair from the west

    by Nemorino Updated May 11, 2012

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    Frankfurt skyline and exhibition hall 3
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    Here's part of the Frankfurt skyline from an unusual vantage point, namely from the Emser Bridge going over and through the grounds of the Frankfurt Trade Fair.

    Since an airplane has recently flown past, it looks as though the Messeturm is a huge pencil that has just drawn a long white line across the sky.

    Other tall buildings from left to right: Pollux, Trianon, Frankfurt Büro Center, City-Hause (the darkest-looking one), Westendstraße 1, Commerzbank Tower, Silver Tower. (Since the photo is from 2005, the new Tower 185 is missing because it hadn't been built yet. It was only completed in 2012.)

    The fat silvery building in the foreground on the left side of the picture is exhibition hall number 3 (Messehalle 3) of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. This huge hall is reputed to be the widest spanning and largest column-free space in Europe. It was built in seventeen months from March 2002 to July 2003, and was first used for a trade fair in August 2003.

    I was able to observe the day-by-day construction progress of this building because I used to cycle over the Emser Bridge every day on my way to work. I have also been inside Hall 3 during the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is indeed huge however you look at it, from inside or out.

    Second photo: Inside the big new exhibition hall # 3 during the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005.

    Third photo: On the patio at the upper level of exhibition hall # 3 on a foggy day during the Book Fair.

    To find out more than you ever wanted to know about Frankfurt's twenty-six tallest buildings, please have a look at the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown on my Land Hessen page.

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    Frankfurt Skyline from the Camberger Bridge

    by Nemorino Updated May 11, 2012

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    Frankfurt Skyline from the Camberger Bridge

    Here is part of the Frankfurt skyline as seen from another unusual vantage point, namely from the Camberger Bridge, which connects the Gutleut and Gallus discticts by crossing over the railroad tracks leading in and out of Frankfurt Central Station.

    The three tallest buildings are, from left to right, the Main Tower, the Silver Tower and the Commerzbank Tower.

    To find out more than you ever wanted to know about Frankfurt's twenty-six tallest buildings, please have a look at the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown on my Land Hessen page.

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    Inside CoBa's HQ: The Sky Gardens

    by codrutz Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    Sky Gardens inside Commerzbank building


    The great architect of the Commerzbank building, that I mostly admire - Sir Norman Foster - conceived the sky gardens as a fundamental element in his conception. In spiral form, nine sky gardens rise up to the tower - three each facing eastwards, southwards and westwards. Beside being more than and estethic and relaxing place to be during break time, the gardens reflects three different types of vegetation:

    Eastward-facing: Asian vegetation
    Southward-facing: Mediterranean vegetation
    Westward-facing: North American vegetation

    The four storeyes high gardens provides also daylight for the inner offices. The nine gardens are also a place for communication purposes and for breaks, creating a feeling of opennes and space. This gardens are one of the higlights that I love about this building.

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    Inside CoBa's HQ: The Big Carpet

    by codrutz Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    The colour fleece by Thomas Emde


    The reception hall - The Lobby - is dominated by a wall towering 20m (65 feet) high, which inevitably catches the visitors eye. So, Sir Norman Foster and the owners of the building entrusted to an artist the job to cover it. The winning design was a project by Thomas Emde, a young artist established in Frankfurt. Emde created a clouded sky for this wall measuring 16,80 m by 12,35m (roughly 55 x 40 feet), which makes the painting the largest ever conceived in the history of art. The coloured fleece presented at Commerzbank was composed on the computer from a multitude of individual clouds and applied to 80 lenghts of film each measuring 220 x 132 m (715 x 430 feet) via a phototechnical procedure. These motifs were aplied by means of sandblasting to coat 24 individual glass planes. In a work process over several weeks, the complete format was then combined by applying countless extremely thin layers of paint to these matrices, thus shaping small, prominent "stalagmites" standing out from the surface about 5mm. The fleece is thus composed of 9,5 milion of these tiny stalagmites which convey its characteristic spacial impression. Depending on the visitors position in the hall, the fleece shifts clouds and colors, from brilliant yellow, red, violet, to blue or turquoise.

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    Inside CoBa's HQ: Sculptures

    by codrutz Written Jan 10, 2005

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    Second-Hand Information


    The lobby of the Commerzbank building at Kaizerplatz hosts also some sculptures by the american J.Seward Johnson, Jr.. The three life-sized (as you can see in the picture), entitled "Nice to see You", "Keeping Up" and "Second-Hand Information" (the one I'm also getting second-hand info), are positioned in the lobby as if they were part of the daily scene. By example, "Keeping Up" is a man cleaning the windows at the entrance to the lobby.

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    INSIDE COMMERZBANK'S HEADQUARTER

    by codrutz Written Jan 10, 2005

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    The old and the new Commerzbank headquarters


    I will share with you in the "Off the beaten path" section some insights about the Commerzbank building, because I guess no regular tourist will enter the headquarter of the bank, but I advise you should do so while in Frankfurt, because this building has some interesting surprises to offer.

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    Go up the HeLaBa-Tower

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 23, 2004

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    Commerzbank-Tower

    Go up the HeLaBa-Tower to have an excellent view on Frankfurt. It worth the € 3.00 (€ 2.00 for students) admission!

    More photos from the tower on my travelogue.

    was told that the photo shows the Commerzbank-Tower and not the HeLaBa. Sorry! All thoses skyscrapers look so similar.

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    Messeturm is a skyscaper in...

    by acemj Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    Messeturm is a skyscaper in downtown Frankfurt built by a Chicago-based architectural firm. This part of town isn't the most interesting if you're a tourist, but it is very reminiscent of a typical North American city.

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  • 'Henninger Turm'.Unique...

    by Boka Written Aug 25, 2002

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    'Henninger Turm'.Unique brewery tower with restaurant and open air deck at the height of 110m/360ft. If you want good fotos of Downtown this is the best place to be.

    For more info check out:
    http://www.boomtown-frankfurt.com/stadtentwicklung/gebaut/henninger-turm/g_index cfm

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    European Central Bank - they...

    by codrutz Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    European Central Bank - they handle your Euro :))
    The headquarter will soon be moved to another location

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    Commerzbank building - the...

    by codrutz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Commerzbank building - the greatest office building in Europe (in fact the tallest, but I consider it to be the greatest :))

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