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Contemporary Buildings in Hesse, mid Germany

post updated 3 November 2021

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Architecture in Frankfurt

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Frankfurt Architecture. Buildings are mostly located in the city centre, within walking distance of each other. We cover completed Frankfurt-am-Main buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Frankfurt. The focus is on contemporary German buildings.

We have 2 pages of Frankfurt Architecture selections.

Frankfurt Architecture : news + A-J (this page)

Frankfurt Building : K-Z

Frankfurt Building Photos of key buildings

Frankfurt Architecture Walking Tours, our 49th city
e-architect launch Building Tours in Germany
Architecture Tours Frankfurt
photo © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt has a wide range of contemporary architecture. Key buildings include Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Museum of Arts and Crafts Frankfurt) by Richard Meier (USA) and the Commerzbank Tower by Foster & Partners, Architects (UK). Key recent buildings include Tower 185 Building by Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten and the KfW Westarkade building by Sauerbruch Hutton. A major proposal is the Grand Hyatt Hotel by UNStudio (Netherlands).

Major building in the city:

Museum für Kunsthandwerk
Architect: Richard Meier
Museum of Arts and Crafts Frankfurt
photo © Adrian Welch
Museum of Arts and Crafts Frankfurt

Frankfurt Buildings – Latest Designs

Frankfurt Architecture News

Frankfurt Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

20 Jun 2019
Leaf and Bean Coffee Co Pavilion, Waldspielpark Heinrich-Kraft-Park
Design: MASK Architects
Leaf and Bean Coffee Co Pavilions Waldspielpark Heinrich-Kraft-Park Frankfurt Architecture News
image courtesy of architects
Leaf and Bean Coffee Co Pavilion

6 Feb 2018
FOUR Frankfurt Towers
Design: UNStudio & HPP Architects (UNS + HPP)
FOUR Frankfurt Towers
image courtesy of architects
FOUR Frankfurt Development

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management – 11 Sep 2013
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
New Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
image from architects
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management situated in one of Europe’s leading financial capitals has selected Henning Larsen Architects’ design proposal for a new school located in the heart of Frankfurt. The 42,000 m2 project is designed in collaboration with landscape architects ManMadeLand and engineering companies Innius RR, Werner Sobek, Transsolar and BPK.

Haus W, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Design: Ian Shaw Architekten
Haus Wern Frankfurt
photo from architect
House in Frankfurt am Main – 14 May 2013
This well crafted cuboid generates spectacular light. The development, constructed out of prefabricated high insulation timber panels and energy-efficient glazing, is articulated as a classic modernist intervention: a box set into a traditional pitched roof atop a standard three-storey house.

Villa W
Design: Ian Shaw Architekten
Villa W Germany
image from architect
Villa W – 4 Apr 2013
This white, monolithic housewill reside in a suburb of Frankfurt. From the street it will appear impenetrable, so delineating a clear demarcation between the public and private realms.The building’sfront elevation is articulated as a series of windowless blocks, its recessed entranceway the only glazed element of its north facing façade.

Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 Forecourt Building
Design: Grimshaw
Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 Building
image : Grimshaw
Frankfurt Airport Forecourt Building – 14 Dec 2012
Grimshaw is delighted to announce that it has completed a detailed masterplanning study for Fraport which provides a new vision for the existing forecourt area at Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1. Grimshaw’s defining concept for the masterplan is to bring light, greenery and fresh air into the heart of the airport.

Frankfurt Airport : Extension of gate A
Architect: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Frankfurt Airport building
photo © Marcus Bredt, Berlin
Frankfurt Airport Building – 2 Oct 2012
This building is about 800 meters long, with an area of 185,000 sqm and designed for up to six million passengers a year. On 10 October 2012, Fraport and Lufthansa start operations in the extension of gate A at Rhein-Main airport, Frankfurt, which has been designed and implemented by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp).

Tower 185 Building
Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten
Tower 185 building
photo © Klaus Helbig
Tower 185 Building – 18 Jul 2012
Germany’s fourth-highest office building – marks the gateway to the new Europa district in Frankfurt am Main and adds a new dimension to the city’s silhouette. The Tower 185 ensemble is made up of two main components: the perimeter block and the tower itself.

Blue Night at Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Börse Frankfurt Luminale
photo : Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt Stock Exchange Building – 12 Apr 2012
On Sunday 14 April, the Large Trading Hall at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange will be transformed into an artistic installation reflecting the theme “Technology and Man”. Working with the light artist Ingo Bracke of Studio Kybra, ATELIER BRÜCKNER developed a subtle choreography of light and sound that makes it possible to experience the leading German share-trading location in a new way.

KfW-building : “Best Tall Building in the World 2011”
sauerbruch hutton
KfW Westarkade building Frankfurt
image © Sauerbruch Hutton
KfW Westarkade Building
The 85m high-rise is a prototype for a new generation of ecological building, running on less than 100 kWh/a/m² of primary energy it is one of the most energy-efficient office towers in the world. The streamlined form integrates itself into its surrounding context, while simultaneously standing out through the playful use of colour.

German Film Museum
German Film Museum
photo : Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt/Main
German Film Museum Frankfurt
The German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main presents visitors a completely renovated building containing an inspiring, high-quality permanent exhibition. In an exhibition area of 800 sqm spread out over two floors, a compact setting is revealed that works with the means and methods of film and, at the same time, reflects them.

Zeilgalerie shopping centre
3deluxe in/exterior – red dot award
Zeilgalerie Building
picture from architect
Zeilgalerie shopping centre Frankfurt
The redesign of this Frankfurt shopping centre, which opened in 1992, includes a completely new look for the façade and a full makeover of the public areas inside the complex.

Key Frankfurt Buildings

Hesse Architectural Designs, alphabetical:

City Hall – Romer

Frankfurt City Hall
photo © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt City Hall

Commerzbank Tower
Foster & Partners Architects
Frankfurt Skyscraper
photo © Adrian Welch
Commerzbank Tower Frankfurt : 259m high

Deutsches Architektur Museum – DAM
Architect: Oswald Mathias Ungers
Deutsches Architektur Museum
photo © Adrian Welch
German Architecture Museum

Deutsches Filmmuseum Refurbishment
Bofinger, Helge & Partner
Deutsches Filmmuseum
photo © Adrian Welch
German Film Museum

Frankfurt Dom

Frankfurt Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt Cathedral

Frankurt Hauptbahnhof

Frankfurt Railway Station
photo © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt Railway Station

Frankfurter Hof

Frankfurt Hotel
photo © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt Hotel

Grand Hyatt Hotel
Grand Hyatt Hotel
picture from architect
Grand Hyatt Tower Frankfurt

Japan Center
Ganz + Rolfes Architects
Japan Center
photo © Adrian Welch
Japan Center : 115m high

Frankfurt Architecture – No Images

Hesse Building Designs, alphabetical:

Platz der Republik
Richard Heil; Johannes Krahn Architects
142m high

European Central Bank (ECB) – new headquarters, Ostend district, Frankfurt, Germany
Coop Himmelb(l)au
approx. 185m high pair of towers

148m high

Frankfurt-am-Main Tram Station
under construction
Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue – Embt Arquitectes Associats SL
1995: Architecture Competition – First Prize

Frankfurt Terminal 3

Christophe Mäckler
German Architecture Competition win 2005

Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, Frankfurt-am-Main
David Chipperfield Architects

Juedisches Museum
Architect: Ante Josip von Kostelac

Frankfurt Skyscrapers
Frankfurt Skyscrapers
photo © Adrian Welch

Location: Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

German City Architecture near Frankfurt

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