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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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