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International competition

In 2002 the European Central Bank purchased the site of the former wholesale market. The intention was to construct a new building that would integrate the original wholesale market hall into the new premises. In order to find the optimum solution for its new location the ECB tendered for proposals by means of an international urban planning and architectural competition, which was organized in close collaboration with the City of Frankfurt.

From among the 300 entries 80 architectural studios proceeded to the second stage. The jury then recommended 12 proposals for further refinement. In 2004 the international competition jury awarded the top three prizes to the following architects:

Coop Himmelb(l)au, 1st prize, © Stefan Laub

1st prize: Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna) for their design of two connected intertwining high-rises that
                straddle a flat structure situated south of the wholesale market hall.

2nd prize: ASP Schweger Assoziierte (Berlin) for their proposal of a sky bridge composed of thin
                 high-rises that seems to hover above a podium with a pond in front of it.

3rd prize:  54f Architekten + Ingenieure with T.R. Hamzah & Yeang (Darmstadt and Malaysia) for their
                 design of a high-rise cluster composed of a maximum of four slabs with “suspended
                 gardens” above a podium.