The new premises of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is an end-user utilizing LEGIC technology for access control, time & attendance, cashless payment and offline access control. Their new badges - containing LEGIC transponder chips - will be introduced in the new headquarters in 2014.

The European Central Bank (ECB) is constructing its new premises on the site of the Grossmarkthalle (the city’s former wholesale market hall) in Frankfurt am Main. The premises are being built according to the design of the Vienna-based architects COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, who were awarded first prize in the international architectural competition in 2004. The design is composed of three elements, namely the former Grossmarkthalle with new internal structures, a high-rise building consisting of two office towers with a height of 185 metres linked by an atrium and a so-called entrance building. This entrance building links the high-rise with the Grossmarkthalle visually and functionally, and, at the same time, creates a distinctive entrance to the north and houses the press conference area. The fundamental appearance of the former Grossmarkthalle will be retained and houses the ECB’s public functions, i. a. lobby, visitor centre, conference area, library, exhibition areas and staff restaurant. The gross floor area amounts to approx. 185,000 sqm. The ECB will be constructing its new headquarters up until 2014.