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Old November 8th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #61
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Thanks. What is being done to the rest of the site because the tower does not take up all of the space and there is alot of room from what I saw from the top of Maintower.
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Old November 8th, 2006, 11:20 PM   #62
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As far as I know the ECB wants to safe some space for a future development.

The silver facade looks indeed very much like a Libeskind building. Almost like a part of the jewish museum. The ECB will be Germany's first deconstructive tower, won't it?
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Old November 10th, 2006, 12:26 AM   #63
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exactly. the remaining free space will be a landscaped park area (most of it not public though). only the area next to the river will be open to public.
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Old November 11th, 2006, 05:27 PM   #64
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is the 185m figure the final one or will it be taller?
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Old November 12th, 2006, 01:31 AM   #65
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i don't think so
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Old November 12th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #66
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the architects are still working on the design, the final design will be presented mid 2007. that's why construction can't start yet. we will see preparation works soon though. and parts of the market hall on the site will have to be demolished first.
I don't see what needs to be demolished. Bring the excavators!!
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Old May 18th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #67
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hello

any new infos about the tower? is it approved? construction start in...?
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Old May 18th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #68
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construction start is probably end of 2007, and it will be finished in 2011 or so
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Old May 18th, 2007, 12:02 PM   #69
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preparation works is starting soon
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Old May 18th, 2007, 12:22 PM   #70
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I wonder why these new pics haven't been posted yet ...









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Old May 18th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #71
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So I wasn't the only one wondering...

And here is the ECB press release from 20th of February this year, which was published after the decision for the final go ahead. Following is mentioned:

"...The ECB will continue to cooperate with the city and state authorities regarding the ongoing process of submitting a request for the necessary building permits, which is expected to be finalised as scheduled by the end of October 2007. Construction is envisaged to start in early 2008, with finalisation foreseen by the end of 2011...."

I really like the design, it just could have been a bit taller. Especially the view from north appears too massive. They should have taken the full 200 Meter which had been given by the city as a height limit at this place.
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Old May 18th, 2007, 01:23 PM   #72
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Looks like some really good architecture there which is great to see. It also looks very expensive and complicated so lets hope that there are few delays and that interest rates don't have to rise to pay for it .

Its interesting that the general process of monetary policy making today is supposed to be one of absolute transparency so infaltion expectations can be made with certainty, helping investment, growth and future inflation. Addmitedly the ECB doesn't really follow this model very well... but I'd have expected the design of the building to have gone to extreme lengths to suggest transparency even if it doesn't quite exist in reality. I'm not sure if the fortress elements overrule the transparent atrium bit...
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Old May 18th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #73
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fortress elements? do you mean that huge hall ?

I agree with those who say it looks fat and massive - they should have gone with the maximum height allowed there (though I doubt 15 more metres would make a difference), as CYstillFI said. I sincerely hope they still increase the height till october - wouldn't be the first time in the history of the project.

imo they should have dropped that admittingly exciting atrium bit and gone for two separate slim towers, instead of one fat tower.

and I wish they'd published some good renderings of the project instead of neutral models.

but enough of complaining ... I'm sure it's going to become a new symbol of the city and a pretty famous building in the world, once finished.
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Old May 18th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #74
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Cool design
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Old May 18th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #75
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It looks really fat and massive. I dont like it. I like slim towers.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #76
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the first pic in #73 is very cool. i think the tower is a great addition to the skyline
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Old May 25th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #77
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Yes, if you look it from some angles it seems so fat.. Not my kind of tower..
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Old May 25th, 2007, 09:39 PM   #78
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I like the design
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Old June 9th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #79
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I've seen some people walking around the old market hall, measuring something. looks like the two lowrise wings are going to be demolished soon.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 08:32 PM   #80
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Nice design, wrong location. It should be inside the current highrise district, not on the other side of the historical city center.
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