ECB chooses design for new headquarters

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13 January 2005, FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank said on Thursday it had chosen the architects COOP HIMMELB (L)AU to build the bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt. The architects had submitted a revised design concept which the ECB had chosen over two other finalists for the new headquarters dominated by a 184-metre high office tower. In a statement, the ECB said that all three finalists had presented "prize-winning designs" but that revised design concept of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU "best meets the functi

13 January 2005

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank said on Thursday it had chosen the architects COOP HIMMELB (L)AU to build the bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt.

The architects had submitted a revised design concept which the ECB had chosen over two other finalists for the new headquarters dominated by a 184-metre high office tower.

In a statement, the ECB said that all three finalists had presented "prize-winning designs" but that revised design concept of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU "best meets the functional and technical requirements" specified by the bank.

"The main element of this design is a distinctive, dynamic ensemble of three buildings: a 184-metre high-rise building of a twisted shape, a 'ground scraper' and the Grossmarkthalle," the ECB statement said.

Runner-up in the design competition were the architects ASP Schweger Assoziierte, with the third choice being the 54f architekten+ingenieure/T. R. Hamzah & Yeang.

The ECB said that in the next step, the winning design will be reviewed again in an "optimisation" phase aimed in particular "to ensure the optimal use of resources and to minimise costs".

The eurozone central bank said it will work closely with the city of Frankfurt, with the design also to be put on public display at the city's history museum from 19 January to 20 March.

The ECB also listed a website for the public to view the international design competition and design proposals: http://www.ecb.int/ecb/premises.

DPA

Subject: German news

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