European Central Bank:
Topping-out ceremony

  • Venue:European Central Bank, Frankfurt/M., Germany
  • Time:20/09/2012

Topping out of the New Premises of the European Central Bank

The major structural work on the new European Central Bank (ECB), which is being built on the site adjacent to the Grossmarkthalle (former market hall) in Frankfurt am Main, has been completed.

On this occasion, the ECB celebrated yesterday the topping out in the presence of Jörg Asmussen, member of the ECB’s Executive Board in charge of the building project, Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt, and Klaus Pöllath, Board Member of Züblin AG, and Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal/CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.

Members of the Executive Board, the Governing Council and the General Council of the ECB placed the flags of all 27 EU Member States and the flag of the European Union in the topping-out wreath. The ceremony concluded with the raising of the topping-out wreath and a traditional topping-out toast by the construction foreman for the high-rise.
The new Premises will consist of the high-rise, the converted market hall (accommodating the visitor centre and conference facilities), the entrance building as well as several annexes buildings. The location for the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt’s Ostend district has the potential of adding a new landmark to the Frankfurt skyline that will be visible at great distances.

The starting point for the design of the towers was the urban perspectives of the city of Frankfurt.

At a height of around 185 meters, the double tower, with its polygonal shape and east-west orientation, has a striking profile that is visible from all important reference points in Frankfurt’s city center, as well as from the river Main. Thanks to its form and presence, the double tower will become a characteristic feature of the Frankfurt skyline. Work on all three major elements of the building complex is in progress. The steel works for the technical areas and the antenna on the roof will be completed by the end of 2012. The relocation of the ECB in its new building is scheduled for 2014.