Pictured here is the MesseTurm, the second tallest building in Frankfurt and what was the tallest building in Europe from 1991 to 1997. Since it lost that record, it still remains the second tallest in Frankfurt and Germany, and is the 10th tallest building in Europe today.
It is 63 stories high, meaursing 257 meters in height. Situated in the Westend-Süd district of the city, it is visible from much of the city and pearces the skyline beautifully along with the many other glass towers of the city. Locally the building is referred to as "the pencil" because of its unique shape.
Messeturm translates as Trade Fair tower, but despite its name, it does not host trade fairs and is a private office block.
The architects of the building are Helmut Jahn and Richard Murphy who designed the tower in a post modern style. It took from 1998 to 1990 to complete and cost DM500 million. on the roof is a 3 story pyramid which is considered by many a definitive point in the cities skyline and a landmark that guides those who may find themselves lost in the city.
As I got off the train in the central station in the city, this was the very first building that caught my eye despite there being many others much closer. A beautiful modern tower in the city of skyscrapers.
Thanks for looking!
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Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-18 11:45
bella proposta: grandiosa, efficace oprattutto per la scelta del bianco e nero che ne permette di esaltare le forme e i dettagli senza essere minimamente distolti dal colore.
D'altronde lo stesso cielo grigio che fa da sfondo si presta meglio nella versione monoscromatica rispetto a quella colorata.
Ottima sia la composizione che il trattamento post produzione che esalta i grigi nella giusta misura.
Una bella cattura, come al solito accompagnata da note complete ed efficaci.
Buon fine settimana e soprattutto buona Pasqua.
Fis2 (87403) 2014-04-18 12:03
Excellent POV, composition and perspective.
The black and white increase this emotions.
worldcitizen (7209) 2014-04-18 12:30
I like the moody sky, and the focus on this giant pencil. :-) Scrolling up and down creates an interesting effect, and the design in the center looks like arrows pointing the way up. It's a nice and sleek skyscraper that can rival the ones here in NYC. :-)
chrislo (4155) 2014-04-18 12:59
Impressive building, and the way you composed it makes it even more impressive. Your centered and upward viewpoint has worked really well to dramatize this wonderful building. It really emphasizes its imposing scale, and I like the black and white conversion and high contrast you employed here. It has an excellent effect on the graphics and makes it pretty stand out against the cloudy sky. A strong and dynamic picture. Well done.
lousat (79151) 2014-04-18 14:41
Hi Noel,a very nice imposing perspective,i have a lot of fun scrolling up and down your large version on the beta TE,the effect is a beautiful catch-eye...ehehe...great way to show us this serious building,i like it! Happy Easter to you and your family,Luciano
carlo62 (35300) 2014-04-18 15:36
stavo facendo scorrere la foto sul mio monitor, andando su e giù e l'effetto di questo grattacielo che si muove è fantastico, grazie al pov e alla prospettiva.
Ottima la scelta del b&w, in questo modo l'attenzione è tutta sull'architettura.
Saluti e buona Pasqua
PS grazie per le tue parole sul mio ws, era solo un mio punto di vista, grazie ancora.
jjcordier (77488) 2014-04-18 22:22
Un cadrage en contre-plongée rendant cet immeuble encore plus impressionnant. Par contre, ton travail de PP a un peu "abîmé" le ciel.
emka (81900) 2014-04-18 23:49
Creative composition presenting this tall building. Good choice to shot it in black and white.
Happy Easter time for you and your family
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-19 3:01
this is superb! I love the POV and irresistible symmetry here and the use of monochrome is inspired. It is a fabulous looking building and this fine capture does it full justice. Well done!
Have a pleasant weekend - B.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-19 3:05
A strong and striking image! The B & W works beautifully with the strongly graphic image and adds great impact to that stormy sky,
Thanks for sharing
delpeoples (53665) 2014-04-19 5:17
Gidday dear Noel
Ahhh so this is where you've absconded to: the land of Lederhosen and Sheiser porn! And for those reasons, one of my favourite countries in the world ;) Anyway, a very nice err...construction here. No wonder it caught your eye. Great choice the B&W and the excellent graphism is helped along by a very dramatic and dynamic sky. Well done, and I wish you a happy time in Deutschland and a safe trip back to the Soggy Green Rock.
marabu61 (8929) 2014-04-19 5:39
Wow, what an intriguing perspective on this office block. It makes it seem much larger that it probably is. Altough being a few years old, it looks quite futuristic to me.
have a great day
mesutilgim (86688) 2014-04-19 9:39
Another nice and graphycally perfect architectorial capture in b&w.
Great compo and many interesting notes.
TFS and happy Easter !
photoray (12797) 2014-04-19 10:52
Impressive Turm from your position,like standing underneath a giant rocketship pointing towards the heavens. and the monochrome forces attention to details rather than colors.
Have an excellent Easter weekend,
PS: Using empty cigarette boxes to create a model church is disheartening. Nicotine has killed many of my loved ones, including my Father and both Grandfathers.
pili51 (1477) 2014-04-19 16:12
the perspective gained here is very good indeed,you have obviously done your research and taken this from an excellent point. The detail in the building is most impressive.
TFS and happy Easter!
abmdsudi (44800) 2014-04-19 20:51
Well done, that's an amazing repeated lines and shapes in this building reaching for the sky! Very good indeed, excellent point of view and exaggerated perspective from the wide angle topped off with the contrasty dramatic moving clouds...
Great capture, Congrats
omid266 (5888) 2014-04-19 21:03
Thanks for sharing this nice German document with useful text, very tall tower, all the best only i wish it was colourful,
anyway good work,
Have a nice trip in Germany
Indrasish (2893) 2014-04-19 21:41
How are you my friend?
Excellent shot here.. I like the composition and the vertical framing.. Also I like the superb BW version.. And thanks for your informative notes.. Very well done my friend..
Good morning and have a nice sunday..
COSTANTINO (57295) 2014-04-20 1:39
exellent capture in sepia perfectly executed
trying to touch the sky
excellent chosen point of view showing
the modern architectural details
adidas5nb (5497) 2014-04-21 4:29
beautiful photography.love the idea.great lines and shapes here to create a wonderful graphic effect.nicely done.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-22 21:52
This is super, great Pov, on to this splendid Messe Turm in Frankfurt.
Wonderful in B@W, adds so much more height and mood of the scene.
Gigidusud (17005) 2014-04-23 11:09
Impressive shot! Great perspective on the building, excellent framing with nice symmetry. Great the B&W version. Very well done!