Pictured here is one of the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers situated in the Westend-Süd district of central Frankfurt. This shot is taken from Guiollettstraße which runs along the side of the towers, so only one is visible, with the second tower hidden behind the one in the shot.
Designed by Walter Hanig, Heinz Scheid and Johannes Schmidt these towering icons of the cities financial prowess were built between 1978 and 1984. The towers rise dramatically above the city and feature frequently as a backdrop in Media, TV and film showing the importance Deutsche Bank plays in world finance and economics. It is a visual icon of the powerhouse that is German finance.
Though the buildings were initially planned to be a hotel for the Hyatt group, Hyatt pulled out of the development after construction had already began and so the bank decided to set their HQ here. The two towers are sometimes referred to as Debit and Credit (German - Soll und Haben) representing the basis of every financial transaction.
Each tower stands 155 metres (509 feet) in height, even though tower one is 40 stories and tower two is 38 stories tall. The total floor area of the complex is 60,000 square meters.
The design of the building is sympathetic to its lower built residential neighbors (Guiollettstraße being a beautiful quiet residential street dotted with low rise apartment blocks and fine detached homes) , with both towers rising majestically from a low rise base which is lower than the surrounding buildings and integrates well into both the residential spaces and the many parks in this area which forms Frankfurt's central business district called Bankenviertel. These towers are part of a chain of high rise structures which stretches to the Platz der Republik west of here.
The towers were fully renovated between 2007 and 2011 which saw them conform to modern fire standards, and a complete overhaul of the ventilation and heating systems in line with modern designs.
These buildings are among many beautiful skyscrapers that make Frankfurt's horizon quite unique in Europe. It is one of few European cities with a large cluster of high rise buildings, and gives rise to the city sometimes being referred to as Mainhattan ( it is built on the river Main). During WWII, much of Frankfurt's city center was destroyed leaving plenty of room for modern development in more recent times.
Its skyscraper boom began in the 1970's and today there are over 290 completed high rise buildings in the city with many more planned.
When I learned of a business trip I had to take to the city, I knew I had to take a couple of hours with my camera to walk among these glass giants. Being from Ireland, skyscrapers are not something I get to see often, and I admit I must have looked so much like a tourist, walking around with my camera pointing constantly upwards!
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mesutilgim (94502) 2014-06-08 11:25
Hello dear Noel,
For a fan of b&w photography like me it's absolutely a masterpiece !
Great graphical effect and nice framing.
TFS and best regards
tenretin (2545) 2014-06-08 11:36
Impressionnante photo en contre plongé. Le noir et blanc lui va à merveille.
Bien vu et bien fait !.
pajaran (59479) 2014-06-08 12:17
Intertesantan tekst o zgradi sa opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana fasada.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about a building with a description, a nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated facade.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-06-08 12:19
Spectacular composition in black and white. The clean geometric lines and shapes have a great visual impact. The background clouds and the play of light and shadows on the tower are superb. Thanks for sharing this superb picture.
Have a nice evening.
Silvio1953 (140700) 2014-06-08 12:36
Ciao Noel, great mPOV on fantastic building full odf money, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (44254) 2014-06-08 13:41
there's something special about this photograph, it goes beyond the simple description of the buildings, it's very dramatic and conveys a strong and imposing character. The lines and repeating patterns of the architecture enhance the impact of the perspective, reflections and shadows add texture and interest. The monochrome treatment is very effective, it creates a heavy, dramatic and irresistible mood. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Royaldevon (37925) 2014-06-08 14:16
Mike (mjw364) is a photographer who constantly looks upwards. It is an attitude that is quite catching and does affect the photographs you take!
This is seriously eye-catching! The building towers with such clean-cut lines and sleek surfaces! The reflections, or shadows of the clouds, seem to cut through the building like a huge version of the ghost in 'Ghostbusters'!
Thanks for this.
I have enjoyed looking at it,
photoray (13981) 2014-06-08 14:29
We are glad you took a break from Soll und Haben work to create this high contrast skyward view of the Deutsche Bank. The lines are unusual, varying sizes rather than the conformance to equal rectangles.
And the total glass windows are varying in light densities.
jcpix (13914) 2014-06-08 21:12
Ahhh, your love of the high-rise comes to life once again. :) Love the Gotham vibe this shot has, the idea to go black & white really ratchets up the impact of this glass and steel structure. Not only that, but I can't give you any grief over a blue sky. ;)
The heavy tones and contrast plays into the dark greed of money associated with a bank building, rather fitting, yeah? Strong upwards perspective, which greatly shows off the geometric patterns and modern architecture. Kind of looks like giant Tetris pieces fell right into place to form this building. I can only imagine how much fun you'd have in a city like NY, skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.
Neat effect from your exposure too, I like how the sun and clouds play off the reflective surfaces, giving an even stronger dramatic visual. Lets just hope this really isn't a Transformer, it's already huge!! Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the balloon chair,
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-09 0:10
it´s a picture,that makes I´d love to visit this city and not only the airport(in three weeks again:)
Excellent upward perspective and really superb monochrome treatment!
Just love the dark "metallic"look of the tower.It creates here the whole mood of the scene-for me it feels like a scene from Batman movie.
Have a nice day
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-09 0:29
Belle contre-plongée sur cet immeuble moderne. Le noir et blanc renforce le graphisme de l'image.
cornejo (41303) 2014-06-09 4:35
Hi Noel, very good photograph of this interesting building black and white, beautifully captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-09 4:48
a beautifully rendered and processed B&W image. The light and shade here are just perfect and the effect powerful and almost sci-fi in mood. It is an impressive image and one of the best monochrome architectural shots I have seen on TE. Applause!
Have a good week - B.
tyro (24330) 2014-06-09 8:12
A fabulous photograph of what is probably part of the main powerhouise of Europe and a very interesting note to boot.
Your composition and black and white treatment have given this image a very striking and imposing quality with wonderfully strong tones and contrasts. You have also managed to make the very most of the wonderful reflections on the various facades of the building too.
A very fine composition with spot-on exposure and exquisite sharpness.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-09 11:32
Hello Noel - The b&W=w conversion helps to accentuate the strong graphic lines of the skyscraper and I think your composition works well showing the lofty heights of the building as it reaches to the sky.
Unlike you, I am not overly fond on modern architecture but do find some of it amazing. Nicely managed show with plenty of oomph!
mjw364 (842) 2014-06-09 11:38
Now we are talking Noel!
Great shot - love it!
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-09 14:00
A wonderful and powerful shot! Nice mono. It shows the scale.... very strong image. Well seen and excellently taken.
carlo62 (46353) 2014-06-09 15:04
sei rimasto proprio affascinato da questo palazzo, sei riuscito a tirare fuori molte belle fotografie, compreso questo bellissimo b&w.
I quadratini delle finestre hanno una varietà di grigi fantastica, eccellente anche il pov che prolunga l'architettura dando esattamente il senso di grandezza all'osservatore.
macjake (66972) 2014-06-10 10:23
great to be back on TE after being away for awhile, and i see you've posted some interesting shots which I'm sure have long notes attached to them haha
I'd better start reading :)
this latest shot really caught my attention, how could it not as it looks so much more powerful than the other shots posted.
it just has that power and that need/desire to be viewed.
smart choice to go without color on this one, and the clouds help out too. lots of black and greys, works well. strong impact type of photo.
see you around
Fis2 (95983) 2014-06-10 12:27
Interesting modern building.
Good b&w photo.
I like POV and composition.
Sonata11 (33763) 2014-06-10 12:56
impressive pic. I love in B&W color. Very beautiful composition wonderfully executed. Sharpness, clarity are fantastic. I like it the shadows. Best regards, Barbara
delpeoples (57278) 2014-06-10 18:00
Holy cow Batman, this is a cracker!
Whilst mod architecture isn't my forte, I certainly love looking at shots of it done well. And this is done very well. Love the B&W treatment, the exaggerated perspective and the impressive sharpness. The contrast and light have been judged flawlessly. The photo is superb enough to not need a frame, but that's my personal opinion and is probably wrong due to lack of sleep anyway. Congrats, this is such a German photo.
PS: just back from the protest, 4 days camped out in sub-zero forest, 50 arrests, but we delayed the logging machines until the legal papers were lodged.
omid266 (6735) 2014-06-10 21:33
Daer my friend,
Another excellent shot in black-white colours,
very nice POV , nice shown the giant towers of the Bank,
All the BEST and Thanks!
PS : about your 2 previous questions:
about the Jewels and precious stones , sorry i didnt find what name are,
about Words on the wall of Football Stadium:
this is a Persian Sentence from Leader of I.R.Iran about Sport to encourage people to do Sport,
that means : Suggestion to Sport is suggestion to beauty and goodness,
2014 FIFA World Cup *** for PEACE and Unity , ****
jemaflor (95957) 2014-06-10 22:54
Impressive tower well framed from a good angle, good choice too with this b&w version, contrast are well managed, good result.
mirosu (16041) 2014-06-11 1:12
Outstanding monochrome architectural photo. Excellently captured building from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the building majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against bright sky superb. The clean lines and window shapes are perfect.
Very well done.
danos (96688) 2014-06-11 1:55
very nice this BW scenery with the Deutsche Bank twin towers to dominating the scene as outline perfect against the dark sky.I like this effective POV as the excelelnt presentation of the construction.
Indrasish (2939) 2014-06-15 10:05
Wonderful shot here.. Wow what a building.. I never saw deutsche bank hq before.. At first thanks for sharing this one.. I like your vertical composition and the shooting angle.. I also love this bw photo.. perfect focusing and great image quality too.. And thanks for your interesting note too.. Very well done my friend..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata..
petarl (1305) 2014-06-28 5:40
I have to comment this one. What impresses me most are the reflections on the glass cladding. This monolith looks as if it is from different world, as if another civilization put it there, somehow like in Space Odyssey 2001 movie. Photo is really worth of looking at. If I were you, I'd print in on a big format and hang it on my wall. Regards, Petar.
cdmonson (5138) 2016-04-27 21:42
Not exactly what we think of when we think of Germany, eh? But I guess this is quintessential Frankfurt. Love the angles and the choice of black and white. This just looks like a surrealist composition.