Defining the Skyline in Frankfurt

Defining the Skyline in Frankfurt

Frankfurt has always played an important part in our history

For the past 30+ years, we’ve taken a leading role in the city’s story in addition to its history. Tishman Speyer has delivered a number of its most iconic and beloved skyscrapers. In doing so we’ve helped to shape both Frankfurt’s skyline and the fabric of urban life.

Making history at MesseTurm

It started in 1988 when we began development of MesseTurm, a 61,700 square meter office tower and our first project in Europe. We worked with Murphy/Jahn architecture firm to deliver a world-class office facility and a signature for the city of Frankfurt. Upon its completion, the 257-meter building became the tallest office tower in Europe and set a new quality standard for all subsequent commercial developments in the city.

“The tower has stood the test of time and is a favourite among photographers, tourists and Frankfurt locals…It is a structure that unapologetically commands pride.”

Frankfurt Du Bist So Wunderbar

Public art for all

Public art for all

Public art for all
We have always cared about being a part of Frankfurt’s culture and conversation. Tishman Speyer installed a 25-meter movable sculpture titled “Hammering Man” from artist Jonathan Borofsky near MesseTurm. To this day the sculpture is well known and popular in the local community.

OpernTurm: a symbol of ambition and excellence

At OpernTurm a 42-story tower and seven-story low-rise building combine to total 79,000 square meters of high-quality office and retail space in the heart of Frankfurt’s city center. The tower overlooks the historic Opernplatz square and the Alte Oper (Old Opera House), now one of the foremost entertainment venues in Frankfurt. As part of the development, we expanded the historical Rothschildpark by approximately 5,500 square meters. This park, which is adjacent to the tower, is a great urban retreat for locals.

Offering a visionary culture at TaunusTurm

Next, we delivered TaunusTurm, an uncompromisingly green mixed-use tower in the heart of Frankfurt’s CBD. Upon acquisition we conducted a thorough review of the existing plans. We identified several ways to improve the efficiency, the massing and the specifications of the scheme, and committed to sustainability throughout our designs.

Green at every level

This iconic 170-meter tower now offers one of the largest and most efficient high-rise floor plates in Frankfurt, and is the first building on Neue Mainzer Straße with its entrance and lobby facing the adjacent public park. The tower also has a branch of the Museum of Modern Art which represents the first time a public museum opened in an office skyscraper.

The first high-rise in Germany to combine working, living, and public areas

But crowning all our Frankfurt towers is Omniturm, the first high-rise in Germany to combine office, residential and public spaces in one building. Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, Omniturm delivered in 2019 to much acclaim. This 190-meter tower is known for its exceptional architecture and design, featuring a stacked yet elegant central swing.

Ingenuity in design

Combining residential and office uses required creativity from a sustainability and efficiency standpoint. We designed systems that seamlessly allow for each element to coexist and a new urban community to thrive. Offering more residential space in the core of Frankfurt’s CBD was important to the city. We were excited to deliver on this initiative that helps to activate the banking district, especially on nights and weekends.

A part of the fabric

The skyline in Frankfurt has become an integral part of Germany’s identity and we are proud of the role we play in shaping it now and into the future.

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