Pictured here is the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers situated in the Westend-Süd district of central Frankfurt.
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, 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!
Picture dedicated to Jason (JCpix) whose recent skyscraper posts made me all the happier to be able to see some in person at last!!
thanks for looking.
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holmertz (40971) 2014-04-17 9:15
These are very interesting twin towers, quite beautiful too, and the dark clouds suit them perfectly. They are very nicely reflected in each other, and I also love the reflections at the bottom of the more modest buildings in the vicinity.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-04-17 9:32
Wonderful shot, Noel.It's unique and surreal.. It's like a drawing, very artistic. I can't see what lens that you used... Superb shot!
macjake (56474) 2014-04-17 9:39
I can almost feel the excitement in your voice when i read about you walking around the streets with your camera pointed upwards. And yeah, you probably stood out like a sore thumb as a tourist - but who cares right!!!
You do what you gotta do my friend!!!
I guess I don't realize just how vacant Ireland is when it comes to tall sky scrapers. You should go to Chicago or Nyc!
I like how the glass seems to blend in with the sky color as it gets higher and higher. Its fun photographing them right!?
good on ya
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-17 9:41
very good picture! I like the simple framing in here and focus on two towers. The whole image gains a lot from the fact that the buildings reflect on each other walls. The greenery at the bottom adds some life and subtlety. Great sharpness and colors.
Thanks for sharinh
mjw364 (7408) 2014-04-17 10:09
Talking about a picture within a picture... the reflection here makes this look like there is a third tower in the middle. Great architecture to photograph. Frankfurt is on my places to go list since I believe the modern architecture is outstanding.
TFS and have a good weekend.
Fis2 (85447) 2014-04-17 10:40
Curious modern buildings, glass and steel.
Good frame and colors.
Reflections add savor of photo.
Giustiniani (3342) 2014-04-17 11:07
bien vu ces deux buildings avec leurs superbes reflets. Une très belle captures.
cornejo (31452) 2014-04-17 11:48
Hi Noel, very good picture of these interesting, very well composed and captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice color and light tall buildings. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18442) 2014-04-17 12:13
una ottima ripresa, non facile con simili soggetti che richiedono il più delle volte delle correzioni notevoli per colpa delle linee cadenti.
In questa non ci sono difetti di sorta e colori e nitidezza si accoppiano ad una composizione perfetta ed efficace.
Colpisce in manierta particolare lo sviluppo della grafica fatta dalla infinite vetrate che si sviluppa sui due edifici.
Complimenti per l'ottima ripresa.
Ciao e buona serata
nikkitta (14852) 2014-04-17 12:13
So dedicated to Jason? hope you are not going to copy his new avatar, he will love it, being blue his prefered color
And who minds? walking loooking up, taken photos, this is what most turist do if their are alone, if not is a bit defficult to stop all the time
Here you obtained a capture of reflects on both buildings creating a special effect at the middle
Well framed with some plants at the sides
carlo62 (32711) 2014-04-17 14:34
due torri veramente imponenti, credo che si vedano da molto lontano.
Mi piace il gioco di linee che si accentua dove arrivo il riflesso, proprio per questo mi sono permesso di fare un ws non per correggere la tua foto, ma per mostrarti quello che mi piace di più.
rogerl (1544) 2014-04-17 15:23
Noel, what a pretty shot, with the towers against the dark gray sky. Nice angle, with reflections in both towers. Thanks.
abmdsudi (43460) 2014-04-17 19:55
You really are getting some mileage out of that ultra modern highrise glass buildings despite the weather condition. It's dynamic, decently coloured with excellent contrast which exaggerate the proportions seen from this viewpoint. Depth and perspective are accentuated by the verticals lending to delightful photo impact with vertigo effect. Excellent urban shot. Congrats
omid266 (4760) 2014-04-17 20:05
Welcome to Germany , :)
very nice work with these giant towers,
good sharpness , very well done and Thanks ,
It is very interesting for your Job you have this chance to visit such beautiful places ,
Have a nice new trip and Good luck friend,
jcpix (13658) 2014-04-17 20:10
So, what gives...you had to travel to another country for a cloudy sky?? ;)
What can I say say, you were wise to take this trip with camera in tow, the high rise glass and steel has no longer eluded your lens. As Craig mentioned, I get the sensation you were giddy as a school boy having the chance to photograph something this desirable. With the nicest intention in mind...I hope you strained your neck taking these pictures. lol
A great way to kick it off with these two imposing structures...and an imagined third within the reflections. They stand tall and proud, and have been put on grand display with this solid composition. Evident that your passion for this subject shines through...even if the sun didn't. Clear, precise and a treat to see from your point of view. Much appreciation for the dedication my friend, I'm happy that you had this opportunity. Would NYC, HK, or Dubai be sensory overload now? :) Can't wait to see what's next. Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the Stars & Stripes,
jjcordier (76300) 2014-04-17 21:54
Bon cadrage vertical de cet immeuble moderne dont la façade permet de réaliser des images très graphiques comme celle que tu nous proposes en WS.
emka (78828) 2014-04-17 23:50
Hello Noel, I am not a fan of skyscrapers (as Jason or Craig) but these look very cool indeed. Amazing composition with stunning sharpness of the grid lines. I wonder, how many windows are there. Superb shot. Happy Easter to you and your family
Royaldevon (29509) 2014-04-18 0:46
Good Morning Noel,
These are two very striking buildings and ones which, I suspect, create a very different feel in bright sunlight.
The part that really grabs my attention is the overlap of reflections, which gives the impression of darker sections, split by the sky.
A fine pattern of blue/grey hues.
Have a great Easter,
SnapRJW (31089) 2014-04-18 0:50
Hello Noel - Slick glass boxes criss-crossed by windows with each pane reflecting a small detail of the environment, there is much to enjoy about such buildings. A scene so different from the rich architectural shots you take in Ireland, I can understand the fascination as we have very few tall buildings in Namibia.
It would be interesting to see this as a square crop with the emphasis on the minimal and geometric. Nice work and who cares if you look like a tourist!
mesutilgim (84272) 2014-04-18 0:59
Very nice architectorial capture from Germany.
Perfect pov and layout.
One can see here how nice Money the banks make !
In US they have a nice synonym for banks : Daylight robbers !
TFS and have a nice weekend
timecapturer (48640) 2014-04-18 2:36
monolithic magic this. The lines and reflections are amazing and the effect almost surreal. Superbly managed light and an awesome presentation. Geometrically mesmerising imagery! Trying saying that after a few Easter beers :-)
Enjoy the weekend - B.
snunney (83661) 2014-04-18 4:13
I like the idea of the two towers being called debit and credit; who said the Germans didn't have a sense of humour:-) This is a an excellent capture; well exposed with the grey sky making a fine complementary backdrop to the glass and steel used in the construction. Superb graphism.
photoray (12155) 2014-04-18 7:53
Fine tribute to the power of Socialism, twin glass and light reflecting towers to the heavens, with constant varying blue hues within the rectangles.
I use to think the Marshall Plan after WWII was just repair and reconstruction, but it gave something even more important - Democracy.
Have an excellent Easter,
tyro (20418) 2014-04-19 3:43
Wow! So you've just returned from a trip to Germany and brought back some lovely photos? This is a very impressive one of these huge towers. I guess that the Germans have such a thriving economy just now that they must surely need such huge buildings to store all their money!
A most impressive and striking photograph - again taken in your signature contre jour fashion - with good strong composition, lovely light and good colours too.
jemaflor (84659) 2014-04-21 11:49
Well seen and presented, interesting reflections on these buildings and also interesting architecture, tfs.
ourania (30937) 2014-04-22 5:11
your composition is well adjusted to the height and imposing character of the buildings. I like very much the way you exalted their perspective and geometry, they look absolutely mysterious, almost like sculptures and it's intriguing to try to imagine hundreds of people and lots of activities inside. I also like the way they reflect the tones of the moody sky and each other. There's a playful hint to your more frequent themes, i.e. the tower on the left:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
serp2000 (39990) 2014-05-28 3:20
Money makes money. Impressive graphic, Noel. Excellent combination of the real details and reflections.
Original view, good close up. I think the twins can change the colours depending on the sky. And the clear blue sky gives us another picture, more attractive.
Best wishes from sunny Ural,