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Guiding principles for urban design

The image shows Frankfurt's skyline: creating the identity of the city and the entire region, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

The cityscape in Frankfurt/Main is characterized by largely sober, extensive structures. High-rises are for the most part arranged in groups and clusters. The resulting considerable differences in height between the “ordinary” city and high-rises are not considered a disadvantage with regard to design; rather, they give the unique city silhouette an identity. The high-rises’ long-distance visual effect and as such their role in shaping the skyline, begins at a height of 60 meters.

The continuation of high-rise planning represents a meaningful addition to the clusters of high-rises and their axes. Individual locations are only conceivable as symbols in the event of their being of outstanding public significance or in a special position vis-à-vis urban development.


Aerial photo of Frankfurt's high-rises, © Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt am Main

When considering individual cases, new high-rise locations are only viable if there is outstanding access by public transportation; any form of hindrance to established residential quarters must be ruled out. For new high-rises to be permissible they require public facilities to be integrated in the buildings, above-average demands with regard to limiting the consumption of primary energy, as well as architecture competitions. Furthermore, additional residential space totaling 30 % of the gross surface area above the high-rise limit, as well as measures for improving the cityscape in the public domain need to be ensured.