The numerous visualizations of possible Millennium Tower designs shown in newspapers and on the Internet have one thing in common: they are nothing but placeholders, because a specific design for this high-rise tower has not yet been submitted, let alone approved. Nevertheless, an unusually large number of people are committed to ensuring that no “broken-off giant” is built on the Millennium Tower site.
The Millennium Tower project holds potential for larger social discussions, as shown by online comments on the project, for example here in the SKYLINE ATLAS, on Skyscraper City, and in the German Architecture Forum.
Much more important than the pure height, however, seems to be the quality of the architecture in the high-rise project. The exposed location near MesseTurm is not yet a dense high-rise cluster like the Financial District. The site’s visibility will give the new project a distinctive mark in the urban landscape.
So it is all the more important that both CA Immo and the City of Frankfurt see the opportunity to design new high-rise buildings with better architecture that will again provide Frankfurt with an eye-catcher that will be talked about in twenty years. However, an architectural competition is not always the means to achieve the best architecture. It is much more important that the client has the will to turn the project into a lighthouse. If CA Immo does not manage this, the company will presumably retain the image of a cool investor for a long time. It doesn’t matter whether the tower is called Millennium Tower in the end or has another name.
Perhaps the City of Frankfurt will manage to create a more spectacular architecture in the course of discussing a second tower with the client. Beautiful structures attract visitors from all over the world and convey the city’s image.