Pictured here to the right is one of the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers situated in the Westend-Süd district of central Frankfurt. This shot is taken from the junction of Guiollettstraße which runs along the side of the towers and Taunusanlage at the Guilletplatz, 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.
The building to the left of the shot, and further away is a building called Trianon. Despite looking quite small in this shot, it is actually 45 storeys tall and stands at 186 metres high. It was added to the city skyline when completed in 1993 and is the company headquarters for Dekabank as well as Linklaters and Franklin Templeton. At the very top of the building, not visible in this shot, is an upside down pyramid suspended at its three corners.
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.
I've been a little lax in going through my photos lately, but as I go through them gradually, I am realizing that the Deutsche bank twin towers is likely my favorite of all the skyscrapers I visited on my short trip. There were lots I did not get to see though!
thanks for looking!
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Nicou (151104) 2014-06-14 10:07
fantastique vue et ocmpo quel graphsime et modernité quels édifices tout en verre et ce tons comme mystérieux sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
Periko (6228) 2014-06-14 10:11
These buildings harmonize very well with that sky and with the branches. Nice tones.
rbassin (24313) 2014-06-14 10:16
une très belle composition, j'aime bien la game de gris que l'om retrouve dans le ciel et sur les façades.
Un bon cadrage, du bon travail
cornejo (46798) 2014-06-14 10:29
Hi Noel, very good picture of these interesting Skyscrapers, very well composed and captured in this interesting image with good framing and pov, good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good night and good Sunday.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
carlo62 (55004) 2014-06-14 14:48
le geometrie di questi palazzi si stagliano contro il cielo, mentre i riflessi dei loro vetri si confondono con le nuvole.
Una bella composizione e una bella presentazione.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-14 15:27
Another schone view of Frankfurt am Main's Deutsche Bank Twin Towers and cousins, the rectangular glass windows reflecting the dramatic dark cloudy sky and each building with different angles.
I pitied Deutschland for many years after WW II, but now I respect and envy their country which has exceeded mine.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13948) 2014-06-14 18:55
Ahh yes, they're back! I said it before, but it really does hold true that your passion for this particular subject is reflected well in your pictures. As I was thinking of my next sentence, I just realized the pun in the previous line. lol I can't physically see your passion in the reflected glass of course...but if you can somehow incorporate that into your next upload, that'd be fantastic! :)
No matter the angle or perspective, there is an imposing attitude of these structures, one which stands tall and proud...and sure puts on a fun show in those aforementioned reflections. The dance of light and shade makes them speak...obviously saying "Give me your money." You had a great sky for this shot as well, the moody vibe is enhanced by darkened clouds.
Boy, wouldn't this make for a never ending game of tic-tac-toe with each pane of glass? O.K., you start. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take it easy.
Cheers from sun soaked Az.,
npecanhuk (78579) 2014-06-14 19:19
Very interesting and attractive modern architecture photograph!
Special regards to the exposure, vertical format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (103135) 2014-06-14 23:47
Impressive these buidings, perfect photo, composition, frame and brightness, tfs.
emka (106804) 2014-06-14 23:48
Hi Noel, Superb shot of this Mainhattan. Wonderful graphic. Amazing glass planes. How many woindows we see here, I wonder.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-14 23:59
Excellente photo sur ces impressionnants immeubles modernes de Frankfurt. Une image très graphique avec une belle unité de tons.
chawax (20760) 2014-06-15 3:13
Nice architecture shot. The dark sky reflecting in the dark towers create a dramatic atmosphere. The strong vertical lines add something too to this atmosphere.
Have a nice sunday,
jrleborgne (1554) 2014-06-15 3:31
Harmonie architecturale portée par une variété de gris-vert élégante.
Merci pour ce partage.
Sergiom (88355) 2014-06-15 4:36
C'est incroyable. On ferme les yeux quelques moments et ces immeubles prennent forme et poussent comme des champignons pour complètement changer le paysage urbain. Ici, avec le ciel gris qui donne un côté dramatique à l'ensemble, c'est impressionnant.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-15 4:41
An excellent, well-composed photo of this architecture. I love the strong graphical lines of the imposing architecture presented against that cloudy sky.
rychem (42658) 2014-06-15 7:39
The vertical lines of skyscrapers and the vertical format are very well combined, futuristic architecture and futuristic character of your photo, compliments
imageme (1790) 2014-06-15 9:28
Hi Noel, Well composed with all these skyscrapers in Frankfurt city. Nice vertical and square patterns in the frame bring out by the buildings. The colour of the sky mingled well with the colour of the high rises. The tree in the FG provides a nature touch to the concrete forest. Best regards
siudzi (34141) 2014-06-15 9:39
Impressive modern architecture as well as your strong and well managed presentation. All works in my opinion -- the cold tonality and light, vertical framing filled by the buildings and stormy sky, an interesting cropping. Super shot! TFS!
ourania (51079) 2014-06-15 13:41
this composition presents the towers from another point of view, equally dynamic and suggestive as in your other photos. You framed the group superbly, there's attractive dynamism and fine balance in this selective view. I like very much the clear distinction of textures, the firmness of the buildings and the dramatic mood and movement in the sky. There's mystery and drama regarding the function and content of the towers too. The colour palette is marvelous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
abmdsudi (57728) 2014-06-15 16:42
Beautiful, bold modern architectural buidings, bet it would look equally as impressive in mono and it has a great graphical feel to it too The deep grey sky lends a winning combination boosting the overall impact. Great shot.
mjw364 (1466) 2014-06-17 2:54
Another one I am instinctively drawn to due to my love of architecture and moody skies! Dark and depressing hopefully signifying something about the "towers of power".
I think in keeping with your comment on my image yesterday along with the implicit message in this hsot you may find the note on my post today related to the general theme.
Well composed - love it.
Silvio1953 (153031) 2014-06-18 0:56
Ciao Noel, lovely composition with fantastic towers, superb sky, wonderful soft colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-18 2:24
definitely architecture I like very much and something I could photograph everyday.
Here,apart from your excellent framing I like the way you mastered the available light and finally how you processed the image.
Both things wors really well together and create really amazing visual effect.
Have a nice day
PiotrF (22898) 2014-06-20 9:48
this is very good picture of these interesting Skyscrapers and framed shot in a well chosen vertical format.
Excellent sharpness and the overall technical features. Thank you very much for your interesting notes.Very nice work!
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-06-20 13:42
Beautiful skyscrapers with splendid reflections. Great perspective and nice framing. Well done!
Have a nice Week-end my friend.
delpeoples (59774) 2014-06-24 6:05
Wow these buildings look three dimensional. They're so sharp and I really like how they're lined up like a row of Russian dolls. The perspective is great, as is that steely blue hue. The sky's a cracker too. The vertical frame was a great choice, as was your choice of subject and your note. Not a big fan of the banks, and your notes on their role in your country's plight, has only accentuated that view.
ikeharel (78343) 2014-06-24 7:58
Superbly show the number of high rise scrapers in downtown Frankfurt, Noel.
I only saw this from the air, see if you may recognize those buildings, on lower left corner of my picture.
Fine outlines and each window shown in excelent shaarpness.
Taken well inspite the grey sky.
petarl (1373) 2014-06-28 5:36
You made strong composition here. Photo looks very futuristic and too some extend even disturbing along with restless sky. It's good duo of sky and the glass, really like it, however, towers leave very little life once they take the space. In some way, the term "wealth" could also be interpreted "death" as I feel sorry for human beings sentenced to imprisonment of towers. I like your German serial from Frankfurt. Regards, Petar.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-07-20 4:10
oh my, this was a business trip, wasn't it? are you sure? it looks like you were there to take photos :)
in terms of skyscraper photos with a crushing charisma, this one would beat many others. the gloomy sky is the cherry on the cake while the cold steel/glass buildings, rising like sharp crystals are the cake itself. very solid and well done photo having the impact of a photo with spooky irish castles.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-07-20 5:09
Towers of Wealth and they look dark.like the idean and the framing and the color tone of the shot.
berek (50508) 2014-07-25 7:24
Made with the new architecture, skyscraper stands effective. I liked especially the dominant color gray.
have a good weekend.
serp2000 (45858) 2014-10-19 22:50
Hi, Noel, good morning,
This is very sombre and gloomy scene, and combination with financial structure makes this view more dramatic. It could be good illustration some article about bank crisis, for example.
Although it is only my opinion ;))
have a great new week ahead!
GiovanniG (3637) 2014-12-01 4:31
Splendid capture of this stair stepped architecture leading to heaven. Love the composition and contrast. Very pleasing to my eye.....