With Grand Central, a modern office complex is currently constructed which is to be certified according to LEED Gold, in the immediate vicinity of the main station. Deutsche Bahn AG, the German railway operator, has already fully rented its office and parking spaces. The Grand Central Frankfurt project is being developed as a joint venture between major and partner companies.
As part of the development, a new high-rise tower will be built in the immediate vicinity. The northern ramp of the harbour tunnel has long been a suitable location for a tall building. When the high-rise plan of 2008 was passed, one still thought of an office high-rise. Originally, 110 meters (360 feet) were recommended as a possible height. This would be slightly higher than the neighbouring Commerzbank Tower, which is 93 meters high. In the meantime, however, the market has changed: heights of up to 140 meters (459 feet) are in conversation. This means that the residential high-rise could have about 30 floors. How high it will be will only be finalised in an architectural competition. However, the developer wants to start the 2021 project at the earliest time possible.
The office tower used by Commerzbank AG at Hafenstrasse is to round off the construction project. This existing 90-meter (295 feet) tower is to be renovated under the title ‘Virage’ and possibly converted into a hotel or residential apartments. The rental agreement with Commerzbank AG expires at the end of 2019.
As of December 2018: The architectural competition for the proposed skyscraper at the main station has been decided. The architectural office Mecanoo will design the 140 meters (459 feet) tall skyscraper.
We do not usually show any advertising videos on individual projects here, but this inspiring promotional video of the Grand Central project surpasses all we have seen in this area so far: