04

Apr

The MesseTurm will be renovated from April 2019

The MesseTurm, built in 1990, is to be renovated in a big way. The 256.5-meter-high skyscraper will be converted to state-of-the-art technology to plans by Helmut Jahn, the original architect of the Frankfurt landmark. In particular, the lobby should be brighter and move in new premises. The conversion work will begin in April 2019, according to Officefirst. Officefirst is an asset management subsidiary of the owner Blackstone.

According to Officefirst, the office tower block, which some call a “pencil”, will receive a “fresh cell spa” by the summer of 2020 and be “equipped for the requirements of modern office users”. For this an investment of 100 million euros is available. The façade of the MesseTurm is to be remodeled only marginally. The oriels on the edges of the tower will be illuminated in the future, which should emphasize the postmodern architecture of the MesseTurm more. On the other hand, the building base should change more strongly.

During the revitalization of the MesseTurm, great value will be placed on a cozy ambience, creative retreats and an appealing gastronomy. A café bar in the lobby is designed to entertain visitors inside and outside the building, with a design-inspired Thun-inspired restaurant in the basement. This would be a reversal of the previous concept, which allows only selected visitors to enter the building.

According to plans by the German-American architect Jahn, who is also committed to modernization, the tower base will in the future consist of glass elements that are at least 18 meters high, three meters wide, and which, according to Officefirst, will be installed in such a high-rise building for the first time. The new façade of the MesseTurm will drop plans for more light than before in the lobby. There, bright and warm materials are to be installed according to a design by the Italian architect Matteo Thun. Also, all connecting corridors and the elevator area should be designed. According to information from Officefirst, the aim is “the flair of an international top hotel”.

One of the main tenants of the MesseTurm was US bank Goldman Sachs until early summer 2019. However, Goldman Sachs Deutschland moves to the Marienturm.

When MesseTurm was completed in 1990, it was the tallest skyscraper in Europe.

18 meters high glass elements, which are each 3 meters wide, are meant to let more light fall into the lobby of the MesseTurm.

MesseTurm Frankfurt - The office skyscraper will be renovated during 2019 - Rendering and animation of the lobby (c) Officefirst
21

Mar

High-rise Development Plan: What we know and don’t know

Large cities use so-called master plans for better city planning. An urban development master plan is an informal planning tool for exploring development potential in a city or district and outlining perspectives for its future use.

The City of Frankfurt wants to use the 2021 high-rise development plan to express its political opinion on how and where skyscrapers are to be built in the future. This should allow investors and builders to better orient themselves. The Planning Department of the City of Frankfurt is preparing to update the high-rise development plan, which will also name locations where new high-rise towers can be built. In the continuation of the high-rise building plan, the city of Frankfurt reportedly does not want to allow new residential towers.

So far, the city is fcussing to create clusters of high-rise buildings, in each of which several towers over 60 meters in height can arise. Single-standing high-rise buildings are supposed to be the absolute exception. With the skyscraper development plan 2021, the city wants to prevent “wild growth” in urban planning and direct the construction of skyscrapers.

07

Mar

Reloaded: High-rise complex Neue Mainzer Strasse

More than 18 years ago, the architectural firm KSP Engel und Zimmermann presented designs for a high-rise complex at Neue Mainzer Strasse 57-59 in the Frankfurt CBD. Since then, you did not hear much about the project.

After acquiring the land plots Neue Mainzer Strasse 57-59 in 2018, the state bank Hessische Landesbank (Helaba) now intends to arrange the construction of a high-rise building on the basis of the current development plans for the banking district. Helaba is currently in talks with the City of Frankfurt. As soon as the framework data has been discussed with the city, they are coordinated with the responsible bodies and the process of building the building is further advanced. Now one has to wait for the outcome of this process. Therefore, technical specifications (such as height, floor space, construction volume) are not final in the current planning state.

Right now many outdated animations from the year 2001 are circulating in numerous forums and websites on the Internet. Newer computer animations were not available so far – until today: the SKYLINE ATLAS now presents revised designs here – as of spring 2019.

High-rise complex Neue Mainzer Strasse in Frankfurt Germany - Helaba skyscraper - KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten - Rendering as of 2019
Siteplan Helaba skyscraper Frankfurt - Neue Mainzer Strasse - Frankfurt CBD - Macro
Siteplan Helaba skyscraper Frankfurt - Neue Mainzer Strasse - Frankfurt CBD - Micro
24

Feb

Foundation stone is laid today at the Marienturm

On February 24 2017, the foundation stone was laid for the 155m-tall Marienturm and the smaller Marienforum. The duo are being built directly at the Taunusanlage, in close proximity to the twin towers of Deutsche Bank AG. The ‘nautical skyscraper’ with 38 storeys is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2019, with the Marienforum already in early 2018. Both buildings are expected to offer around 57 square meters of rental space.

Photo: Mayor Peter Feldmann, Thomas Müller, architect, Markus Brod, developer Pecan Development (from left to right) – provided by the City of Frankfurt