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Old May 7th, 2008, 01:36 PM   #221
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There should be more between the others. But this one is too massive for all the slender downtown buildings.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 03:31 PM   #222
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finally i dont like it at all... frankfurt deserve more
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Old May 7th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #223
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great renderings derUlukai

the atrium between the two towers is going to be awesome
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Old June 7th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #224
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Pics from today.
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Old June 7th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #225
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wow, good progress. thx Tom
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Old August 8th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #226
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Old August 9th, 2008, 02:33 AM   #227
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The design its fine but to be the European Bank should mean more height.
Still cool for Frankfurt. =)
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Old August 9th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #228
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Too bad we might see a construction stop once the foundation is finished. The current design turned out to be too expensive (1.5 billion EUR) and a complete redesign might be necessary. The result could be a simpler less attractive tower.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 01:23 PM   #229
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Too bad we might see a construction stop once the foundation is finished. The current design turned out to be too expensive (1.5 billion EUR) and a complete redesign might be necessary. The result could be a simpler less attractive tower.
They have stopped

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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:51 PM   #230
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 04:11 AM   #231
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They have stopped
They might get rid of the controversial ground scraper. Heard it will be one of the most expensive elements of the whole project. I can live with that.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 01:22 PM   #232
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^ Wasn't the "groundscraper" the part that used the original market hall? If so, I would have considered that to be the most important part. Afterall, that would have been the only part of the building open to the public (though probably in a limited way). Still, they ruined the design by splitting the original grand hall in two, breaking the impressive size of it.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 01:34 PM   #233
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^ Wasn't the "groundscraper" the part that used the original market hall? If so, I would have considered that to be the most important part. Afterall, that would have been the only part of the building open to the public (though probably in a limited way). Still, they ruined the design by splitting the original grand hall in two, breaking the impressive size of it.
No, I was talking about that glass/concetre cube penetrating the hall.

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Old September 3rd, 2008, 01:12 AM   #234
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WOW! That was sudden. I worked on this project a number of years ago and I remember how expensive it was going to be- somehow, even then I was skeptical of how it things might turn out for the end product. Obviously the downturn in the economy is forcing them to reconsider big, bold expenditures- especially when shareholders might be a little wary to spend EUR 1.5 billion.

Anyways, I guess it will be a waiting game now.

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Old September 13th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #235
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Obviously the downturn in the economy is forcing them to reconsider big, bold expenditures
Actually it seems to be the opposite, it has more to do with the recent boom in worldwide economic activity than the downturn. The ECB was obviously looking for a single contractor who would have to commit to a fixed price. The financial risk would therefore have lied completely with the contractor. But due to a sharp increase in commodity prices in the first half of 2008 they only got one offer which was about twice the price they had hoped for since the contractor was calculating with high risk margins for further commodity price increases. If the world economy should go into a prolonged downturn though and commodity prices would stabilize at a lower level without much risk for another spike to the upside, the ECB will probably be able to get much better deals in the next months.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #236
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I just hope they're going to proceed soon. It could end up pretty ridiculous otherwise...
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Old September 13th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #237
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Too bad we might see a construction stop once the foundation is finished. The current design turned out to be too expensive (1.5 billion EUR) and a complete redesign might be necessary. The result could be a simpler less attractive tower.
Good time to find out.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 02:07 PM   #238
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can a mod please change the title to On Hold?
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Old September 14th, 2008, 05:47 PM   #239
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I think it is not yet the time to put it on hold. There was just the press release saying that "the ECB formally closes the public tender for a general contractor to build the new ECB premises". It also says that "Over the coming weeks, the ECB will carry out an in-depth analysis of the various options for the next steps in the New ECB Premises project. The outcome of this assessment will be communicated in due course".

To be honest, this is nothing putting on hold. Following the estimations of insiders they will build it, as there are no real options, too much money has already been invested and the loss of image is too high.

Let's wait for the outcome of above analysis...
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The only thing I don't like about the new headquarters is that diagonal structure that will be placed partially inside and partially outside the existing Grossmarkthalle. The European Central Bank was going to let the building's new function spread beyond its confines. I think that "structure" changes the Great Market Hall's external appearance and there is an agreement that the hall's external appearance may not be changed according to moral rights. And one more thing: I hope that the Grossmarkthalle should be cleaned up externally and internally for its future use.
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