The new building for the European Central Bank is located on the site of the listed Großmarkthalle in the East of Frankfurt.
The striking 180 m high double towers are unified to an entity by a full height glass atrium. The listed market hall ”Großmarkthalle” experienced a restoration process as part of its integration within the construction of the new ECB towers. The impressive 220 m long and 52 m wide brick building from Martin Elsaesser houses the lobby, conference rooms and the press centre. A "clamp" cuts the roof zone diagonally in order to define the new main entrance in the North and provides a transfer to the tower in the South.
The load-bearing exterior walls of the double towers transfer the vertical loads into the raft-pile foundation. The concrete cores provide lateral stability to the individual towers and resist the horizontal forces from the partially tilted façades. The numerous ramps, bridges and slabs connecting both towers create an entirely effective structural system.
The two solid towers of the double highrise are structurally linked via large steel struts and reinforced concrete slabs across the 20m wide atrium space. The atrium façades on the East- and West side span between the two towers and create a glass surface connecting to the glazed roof. The East façade is approximately 42 m wide at its base and 21 m at the top. Due to the twisted geometry of the towers, a part of the East façade is inclined. The West façade spans approximately 23.5 m at its top and bottom.
The free-standing steel structure of the atrium façades is designed as a fully welded grid, which is fixed horizontally and vertically sliding at the towers. Via a kink within the two façades horizontal, differential movement of the two towers can be accommodated. The self weight of the whole façade is transferred to the groundfloor slab and a downstand beam below. In addition, windpins, which are connected to the towers, prevent excessive deformations of the façades in case of wind load.
Client: ECB European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, Austria
Competition: First prize (2003)
GFA: 184,000 m² | Gross volume: 766,000 m³ | Height North tower: 185 m | Height South tower: 165 m | Height incl. communication mast: 220 m | parking spaces: 650
Service: Structural Design and design of the atrium façades
DAM Preis für Architektur 2015: Die 22 besten Bauten in/aus Deutschland 2015
Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2016
Best Tall Building Europe 2016
Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2016
Architektur und Tragwerk in symbiotischer Beziehung - Der Neubau der Europäischen Zentralbank in Frankfurt
K. Bollinger, C. Brensing, M. Grohmann, M. Stracke, in: Ingenieurbaukunst 2016, Ernst & Sohn, Berlin, 2015
Aufstrebendes Fachwerk: Europäische Zentralebank, Frankfurt a. M., in: DBZ 11, 2013, S. 66 - 69
Europäische Zentralbank, Frankfurt, in: Ausgezeichneter Stahlbau 2016, hrsg. vom bauforumstahl, Callwey Verlag, S. 28-31, München, 2016
24 March 2017
Opening of HYUNDAI Motorstudio Goyang in SeoulIn Seoul, Hyundai's largest adventure centre just opened. On a total of 14 levels are located the new exhibition-, office-, educational- and recreational spaces. The building has also 5 basement levels, housing parking-, service areas. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna were responsible for the design and execution, Bollinger + Grohmann were charged with the structural and façade design in this project.
26 April 2017, 7pm
AZC invite Bollinger + Grohmann au 15/17„De Re Aedificatoria“
Lecture by Klaas de Rycke (B+G Paris)
Location: AZC 15/17 rue Vulpian Paris 13ème
19 April 2017
Construction site of the Park Apartments Belvedere: Excursion of our Viennese teamA mixed-use building complex consisting of three residential and two hotel towers in close proximity of Vienna central station is rapidly progressing! The open ground floor space with the characteristic piles is clearly visible now. Expected completion is scheduled for autumn 2018.
Won: "Typenhochhaus 2.0"First prize for the competition team of LIN Finn Geipel, Berlin, Germany + Giulia Andi, Paris, France. The aim of the non-open ideas competition was the design of a high-rise as modular system.
Bollinger+Grohmann provided technical advice for the architects.
5 April 2017
CAADRIA 2017 in Suzhou, China1:30 - 2:30 p.m.:
Keynote by Manfred Grohmann
Location: XJTLU South Campus DBG19
Until April 2nd
Philippe Parreno: Anywhen / Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, LondonPhilippe Parreno has transformed the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London into an immersive experience that aims to challenge the viewer's perception of time and space.
Bollinger + Grohmann have supported the French artist once again on questions relating to the realisation of the constructive design and detailing of his design.
30 March 2017
Competition "Mino": 1st prizein the invited competition for the young Norwegian architects from Transborder Studio, Oslo, Norway, together with Bollinger + Grohmann Ingeniører for the extension of the Holocaust Centre in Oslo.
27 March 2017
Competition Frankston Railway Station in Melbourne: 2nd prizefor the team Supermanouvre and Scott Carver from Sydney.
Bollinger + Grohmann Engineers supported the architects for the structural design of the timber roof.
Apprenticeship as draughtsperson in civil engineeringStarting on 01/09/2017 we offer again a training as a draftsman for civil engineering. There is the possibility to attend 2-3 test-days in our Frankfurt office.
23 March 2017, 7pm
Talking about ArchitectureKlaus Bollinger will be speaking at the 'Talking about Architecture' lecture series hosted by BENE. Location: BENE-lecture hall Neutrogasse 4–8, Vienna.
23 - 24 March 2017
2nd Annual Innovative Glazing Global Summit in Prague17/03/24, 9:10 a.m.:
"Killing streotypes - merging performance and aesthetics in façade engineering":
Lecture by Daniel Pfanner
Location: Kings Court Hotel, Prague
20 March 2017
SHARE Bucharest 2017Arne Hofmann will be speaking at the 'SHARE Bucharest 2017' International Architecture and Engineering Forum on 21.03.2017.
Currently at the construction site of FLOATThe structural work of the basement of the 220 m long and 60 m wide building is nearly completed.
8 March 2017
In memoriam Gaetano LicataSuddenly and unexpectedly we received the sad news of the death of Gaetano Licata on Wednesday, 8 March.
Our thoughts are with his family.
La salle de sport de CalaisProgress on the construction site: the steel structure of the roof is completely mounted now.
30 January 2017
Competition new Oscar-Paret school: 1st prizeIn the coure of the architectural design competition Bollinger + Grohmann supported the architects from mvm+starke, Cologne, for the structural design.
27 January 2017
Exhibition: DAM prize for architecture in Germany 2017The 24 best buildings from/in Germany.
Awarded were among other projects the "Grimmwelt" in Kassel, Germany (kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen, Germany), the extension of the "Europäsiche Schule" (NKBAK, Frankfurt, Germany) as well as the residential building at "Quai Henri IV" in Paris, France (LIN Architekten, Berlin, Germany).
The exhibition is running from January 28th until April 30th 2017 in the DAM in Frankfurt, the exibition opening was on January 27th.
We are looking for a draftsman/draftswoman for MunichTo apply for this excellent opportunity, please forward your resume to
17 January 2017
Pavilion at the Kochi-Muzuris BiennaleAn art pavilion by Eva Schlegel and Carl Pruscha has been recently completed in Kochi, India. The Biennale opened on 12/12/2016 runs until 29/03/17. Bollinger + Grohmann consulted on the steel structure.
14 December 2016
Laying of the foundation stone: Musée de la Cour d’Or in MetzThe ceremony for the new entrance of the Musée de la Cour d’Or in Metz took place on December 14. The construction works will be completed by the end of 2017.
12 December 2016
Bridge above the Tauber river shortly before completionThe last concreting works need to be done, also railings have to be installed and connecting areas have to be established. But the successful implementation of the design is already clearly visible.
Provinciehuis Antwerp construction siteThe Viennese planning team of Bollinger + Grohmann visited the construction site of the Provinciehuis in Antwerp. The building shell of the new office tower has meanwhile reached the seventh floor and the congress building has already been completed.
21 November 2016
L'Equerre d'argent 2016 für "Lieu de vie"This year, the jury of the 34th edition of the architecural prize decided to opt for the project on the campus of the Université de Saclay.
Architect: Muoto, Paris
Structural and Façade Design: Bollinger + Grohmann Sarl, Paris
15 November 2016
New European headquarter of the MHK Group: progress on the construction siteThe spectacular cantilever of the steel construction is meanwhile clearly visible.
26 October 2016