In the very heart of Frankfurt’s banking district in the city centre, an amazing office tower attracts attention. The TaunusTurm, comprising a 170 m high office building and a 63 m high residential building, is currently listed as Germany’s 12th tallest building. After the architects Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg had already won the competition in 2000, it still took another two attempts before the foundation stone for the TaunusTurm project was finally placed with the builders Tishman Speyer in 2012.
The base building accommodates beside the canteen also public lobbies and spacious office facilities as well as the service floor. Above the base is the residential tower with 50 residential units and the office tower with 40 storeys, which finds its conclusion in two opposing mono-pitch roofs.
In a light-flooded office unit in the 36th floor, the elegant single-flight stringer staircase swings up to the next level. With the all-glass railing contrasting with the inner balustrade stringer, the stairs take on a playful lightness. A high-gloss polished filigree stainless steel handrail provides simple elegance, which is further intensified by the smooth steel soffit cladding. However, the special eye-catcher is the elliptical stainless steel ring, also highly polished, which surrounds the stringer staircase for a sculptural character.