>> Frankfurt Skyline Countdown # 4 <<
A recent addition to the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, as of 2012, is the Tower 185 at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35–37, between the Trade Fair and Frankfurt Central Station.
Originally this new building was supposed to be 185 meters tall, which is why they named it Tower 185. Later the plans were changed, somewhat mysteriously, and the building turned out to be first 200 and then 204 meters tall, but they kept the original name.
The height of 204 meters makes it Frankfurt’s fourth tallest building.
As I have mentioned elsewhere, the extra nineteen meters at the top of the building were not exactly legal, since city zoning regulations only allowed for a height of 185 meters on this particular street, but the city seems to have given in and changed the regulations to match the building. Nobody made a big issue of this, but in retrospect it makes you wonder who is actually running the city, the elected officials or the big corporations.
The developers claim that Tower 185 is a “Green Building” which “heralds a new era in sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient office architecture.”
The main tenant of Tower 185 is the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc), which has rented so much space that their initials are prominently displayed at the top of the building.
PricewaterhouseCoopers seems to be a rating agency, among other things, but the more I click around in their website the more confused I get about what it is they actually do. (Perhaps they don’t want me to know?) Whatever it is, they certainly make a lot of money doing it.
On their website, they go on and on about “the vital contribution that business brings to society” and “why business can and should be trusted.”
But they do admit that in recent years, trust in business has been “undermined by perceived untrustworthy behaviour.” (Un-huh…)
My photos in this post are from 2012. I revised the text in 2020.