Framework Plan CBD (Rahmenplan Bankenviertel)

With the 1990 Framework Plan for the CBD (“Rahmenplan Bankenviertel“), 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 Framework Plan for the CBD was established in 1990 and was presented by Offenbach based architects Novotny, Mähner und Assoziierte. 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 Bahnhofsviertel and the Westend. 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 Westend. The existing public transport system should be better used in well-developed areas. In this framework, the Wallservitut is noted and a concept is developed for it, which continues to keep the Wallanlagen (lit. “Wall Parks”) free and provides room for gradation. The grading should only take place in the “second row” of high-rise buildings that are being built. This means that only low buildings are allowed directly on the Wallanlagen and high-rise buildings are only allowed in the “second row”. Exceptions are allowed only at corner points.

A further declaration is the maximum height of 160 meters for new high-rise buildings.

Rahmenplan Bankenviertel 1990
Frankfurt am Main in 1986 - high-rise buildings in the past - photographed by Frank Reuter

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