The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched an international urban planning and architectural design competition for its new premises. The ECB will be constructing its new headquarters up until 2014 on the site of the Grossmarkthalle (former wholesale market hall) in Frankfurt. The building is based on the plans designed by the Viennese architecture office Coop Himmelb(l)au, which won the architectural design competition in 2004.
The site of the Grossmarkthalle, an area of 120,000 m² on the river in the eastern part of Frankfurt am Main which the ECB purchased from the City of Frankfurt in March 2002. The site will be developed to accommodate 2,500 workplaces, with office space and special areas covering a main usable area of approximately 100,000 m² plus all the necessary parking areas and technical facilities. Continue Reading →