Then it is urgent to consider the design of high-rise lobbies and facades. The choice of materials and placement of technology are crucial here. “For us, it is immediately noticeable when a planner does not yet have a lot of high-rise experience. In principle, the following applies: the higher the altitude, the greater the planning requirements for these engineering disciplines,” explains Steffen Schmitt. Time runs quickly in building technology. More and more innovative technologies are being used, from hardware to digital access control, space allocation, resource consumption, lighting, elevators, and much more. “You have to consider that a high-rise project usually extends over five years. During this time, digital technology is constantly changing in many areas,” notes Steffen Schmitt. An elevator, for example, is now a fascinating piece of high tech, starting with drive systems and new materials. KVL also provides support in other areas, such as the provision of bank monitoring.
KVL has already guided many high-rise projects in Frankfurt, such as the 170-meter-high (558 feet) TaunusTurm and the 195-meter-high (640 feet) OmniTurm. Currently the next project is in progress. With a height of around 205 meters, it will be one of the top 5 Frankfurt skyscrapers, about the size of the MAIN TOWER. Above that, only a few towers reach higher: the Commerzbank High-Rise, the tallest building in Frankfurt, measures 259 meters (850 feet).