I moved to a small town 20 minutes outside of Frankfurt am Main in 1996 when I was 8 years old and my father had to relocate for work. I lived there permanently for over 10 years before going to University and then moving to Munich to start my career. Incredibly enough I never truly spent time exploring or photographing Frankfurt until yesterday.
Before heading into the city I decided to research any new buildings that might have gone up while I was away as well as scavenging Google Maps to find new areas I had never before been to. I then planned out key points I wanted to visit and a rough route to take. The plan was to go about an hour or two before sunset and then finish with a night walk along the river.
Across from the Skyline Plaza are two office buildings known as Kastor and Polux that at first appearance seem to be from two completely difference complexes, but are in fact from the same architect and project. Designed by former NHT+Partner Architects, the two twin towers are named after greek mythical characters and together make up the Forum Frankfurt complex. Its main tenant has always been and still is the Commerz Bank.
Next was a new tower that I have often wanted to photograph when ever I drove past, Tower 185 by Christoph Mäckler architects. I have always be fascinated with the horseshoe shaped front courtyard. The trouble at this time was that the sun was setting behind it and created extremely difficult lighting, which made me decide to photograph it again after sunset on my way home.
The Deutsche Bank towers are always worth a photo. Their mirror like existence is has a beautiful way of reflecting their surroundings including weather and other buildings of the Frankfurt Skyline. They were just recently restored and I must say they look amazing.
The Operntower (Opera Tower) and Alte Oper (Old Opera House) were difficult to photograph due to the twilight atmosphere. It wasn’t dark enough nor light enough to take any decent pictures, however, I found the building itself quite interesting and elegant and will have to stop by to take some more photos another day.
As always my favorite thing in a city is to photograph the skyline along the river, just like in London. I believe the wide expanse provides better views of the city, and personally I am a real sucker for the long exposure reflections and of course rivers are perfect for that.
I didn’t get as far up the river as I wanted before I had to go, but I did get a chance to see the outline of the new European Central Bank premises thats going up in the East Harbor. Having written two papers on it between high school and my bachelors program, I found it wonderful to see how the building is taking shape. The main structure is complete and the interior seems to be about a third of the way through. I hope to go see it up close over the weekend if the weather permits.
Last stop was, as previously decided, Tower 185, which was better at night with out the backlighting.