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Framework Plan CBD (Rahmenplan Bankenviertel)

With the 1990 framework plan for the CBD, the City of Frankfurt wanted to express its political opinion on how and where high-rise buildings should have been built in the banking district. Using this master plan, it was intended to give investors and clients better orientation.

The ‘Bankenviertel’ framework was established in 1990 and was presented by Offenbach architects, Novotny, Mähner and Associates. This framework proposed new high-rise sites. These were realised by development plan, ‘No. 702 – banking district’. This plan is mainly concerned with the traditional banking district and still makes some statements about the surrounding areas, such as the station district and the West End. In the areas mentioned above, it has been shown how urban quality can be improved. In addition, it determined how and where urbanisation would be compatible.

Similar to the City Guidance Plan (City-Leitplan), this plan also guides investment and keeps alternate use away from residential areas such as the West End. The existing public transport system should be better used in well-developed areas. In this framework, the Wallservitut is pointed out and a concept is developed from this, which keeps the wall installations free and provides for gradation. The grading should look like the “second row” high-rise buildings that are being built, which means that only low buildings are allowed directly on the ramparts and high-rise buildings are only allowed in the “second row”. Exceptions are allowed only at corner points.

A further fixing is the maximum height of 160 m for new high-rise buildings.

Rahmenplan Bankenviertel 1990

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