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Old July 14th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #161
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you can see the trucks with concrete queuing up
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Old July 16th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #162
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@ King Crunch: Thanks a lot, but it also makes really fun.

There will be an update for this weekend, but there are so many pictures so that it will be probably tomorrow. At least they managed to finalize the slab within 48 hours. Tomorrow they will start with the construction of the underground floors, with two weeks delay. There were initially 5 weeks of delay but they managed to catch 3 in the meanwhile, the remaining two are still an issue as there is fixed date for completion and very tight schedule for building the highrise. Street level will be reached at end of August.

At the Parktower construction site the crane and the scaffolding will be disassembled from Wednesday next week. Can't wait to see the result.

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Old July 16th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #163
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Ready to rise :

[IMG]http://i18.************/4zxc4r6.jpg[/IMG]
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Old July 17th, 2007, 11:25 PM   #164
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So, finally the fotos from this weekend. I had to gather some points at home before as I used up all credits for making the fotos.

Since the last update the vertical connections between tower and slab have been incorporated into the steel body. On Friday 4:00pm a small additional pump was already in place on the remaining ramp of the pit. A second and bigger pump was moving into position.












At 4:45pm the first batch of concrete approached the pump and the mixture was adjusted.




The second truck was probably such exited that it was coming before it reached the point.




A major problem was the available space to place the pumps. So there were some quite creative solutions found for giving the second pump enough enough stability. They used a scaffold with steel bars.


















Around 7:00pm after main rush hour the third and strongest pump arrived. Unfortunatly I had to leave for this day.




Another problem was that the third pump had to be removed again on Saturday between 4:00pm and 11:00pm. This was another reason they ordered the small pump on the ramp. Initially there were only two pumps planned. When the big one was redeployed there were still missing 40cm in the north part and more than one meter in the south part.














Amazing what ever for cranes could be used. Here as a lamp holder.






And finally some fotos from Sunday early afternoon. At full blast they were finishing the surface layer as the big pump had to be removed again at 4pm.










And another creative solution with support of a crane for enlarging essentially the range of the second pump.










The finale after 48 hours of non-stop pouring and with temperatures of around 40캜 in the day. On Monday, as already mentioned, they already started to work on the ground floors for the highrise.




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Old July 17th, 2007, 11:38 PM   #165
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WOW! thx for that massive and wonderful update!!!
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Old July 18th, 2007, 04:44 PM   #166
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Yeah THx alot, really intelligent construction workers there XD
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Old July 18th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #167
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wow, you outdid yourself once again!
the webcam shows that they are already removing the ramp
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Old July 18th, 2007, 06:02 PM   #168
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Great stuff, smashing!

There is a site with amazing pictures from inside the "steel warren" of the slab, of course just before they poured it.

http://view.stern.de/v2/series/48554/
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Old July 18th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #169
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cool ... thx alot ...
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Old July 18th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #170
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Thanks guys.

That picture link reminds me that I forgot to dispose of my skeletons from the closet into the slab. Would have been a perfect place.
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Old July 19th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #171
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a new rendering of the highrise and lowrises have been put up at the site, very interesting the lowrises...
like it...

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Old July 19th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #172
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Just saw it in a mini version of a news article of Journal Frankfurt and tried to find a larger version somewhere on the net.

Now I did! Thank you!


Btw. who would have expected a round corner. And also, now the low rise will be built again over the whole side. I like it!
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Old July 19th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #173
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shame you can't see details.

looks like the 1930s modern skyscraper designs from mies van der rohe or the prewar skyscraper visions inspired by the bauhaus.
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Old July 19th, 2007, 05:38 PM   #174
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HD, not sure if this helps you, but being inspired by fvg i took some additonal pics this morning.










They also started uncovering the Parktower, at least the glas part up to now. And another positive surprise, the glas part is much more transparent as expected. So you see better the accentuation of the two bodies, simular to previous render.


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Old July 19th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #175
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thx for the renders, looks wonderful!!
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Old July 20th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #176
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Nice render, thanks for posting. The lowrise could have come a lot worse but somehow it leaves to be desired (where is the classical touch?). The six-floor building looks too monotonous/commonplace for Frankfurt's nicest square. The tower, however, is a real eye-pleaser.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 05:16 PM   #177
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And finally there is one on the web site available, together with the surrounding buildings. But the structure of the low rise's cladding is not that clear visible though the colours are more realistic.

I really love it, especially seen in its context.

Here in => huge size.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 06:11 PM   #178
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The official render looks great!

I just love the Opernturm - it matches perfect to the grand Old Opera and the renovated Parktower on the right.
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Old July 21st, 2007, 01:59 AM   #179
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I like Operturn a lot. The masonry on the facade is a nod to the classical architecture of it's surroundings, while the glass and overall form are modern and simple. A great example of new-post-modernism that isn't overly deriverative.
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Old July 21st, 2007, 10:46 AM   #180
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Cute tower
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