ECB and the East of Frankfurt

Vegetables + money, drinks + design - from an industrial location to a lively city quarter

A tour for Frankfurt and visitors who are interested in the changes in the east of the city.

Industry forbidden - until the middle of the 19th century, the Frankfurt building statute restricted the settlement of smoking and noisy production facilities so that those seeking relaxation would not be bothered. A port and a smoke-free electrical industry on an area the size of a fifth of the city ensured that industrial development in Germany was connected to it at the beginning of the 20th century. After the war, the area along Hanauer Landstrasse developed into an Eldorado for creative people and those who like to party.

The tour begins at Martin Elsässer's wholesale market hall - a model building of 1920s industrial architecture, now part of the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). The further way leads us through the new harbor park and past the ECB memorial, a memorial commemorating the deportation of more than 10,000 Jews from Frankfurt, to Hanauer Landstraße. This is where the colorful second-hand goods shops have disappeared and created an important car mile with a number of premium car houses. A large number of trading yards from the beginning of the 20th century have become popular workplaces for recruiters, designers and architects. At the beginning of the 1990s, this development started the rebuilding and expansion of the Union-Brewery area. Where beer was brewed in the past, today there are restaurants, bars, galleries and lifestyle stores. As a contrast, the view on the logistics companies of the Osthafen can be seen. Embedded in between lies the Schwedlersee, a green oasis with an outdoor swimming pool, which is not to be expected here.

project selection


  • ECB (Coop Himmelb (l) au)
  • Wholesale Market Hall (Martin Elsässer)
  • Memorial Deportation (Architectural Office KatzKaiser)
  • Restaurant / Cafe Oosten (Schubert & Seuss)

harbor Park

  • Hafenpark (sinai, Faust.Scholl.Schwarz Freiraumplanung + Projektsteuerung GmbH)
  • Hafenparkquartier – residential development (Hadi Tehrani)
  • Osthafenbrücke (Ferdinand Heide Architects)

Selection along Hanauer Landstraße and Lindleystraße

  • Mayfarth Quartier (Braun Canton Architekten BV)
  • Audi dealership (Allmann Sattler Wappner)
  • Office building Schwedlerstraße 6 (Schneider + Schumacher Architekten)
  • Lindleyquartier (KSP Jürgen Engel Architects, Franken Architects, Tectonics)
  • Office building - (originally) JWThompson (schneider + schumacher architekten)
  • Office building Dock 2.0 (Meixner Schlüter Wendt)
  • Loft office building (Dietz Joppien Architekten)
  • BMW dealership (Dietz Joppien Architekten)
  • Union Brewery grounds (Michael A. Landes Architects)