The site of the new premises of the European Central Bank (ECB) is located at the intersection of two urban green spaces: the Mainuferpark and the GrünGürtel (green belt), the final gap in which shall be closed between the Ostpark and the Mainufer (river embankment) in the future.
The site is irregularly shaped, almost trapezoidal, and is bordered by the Sonnemannstrasse to the north, a railway embankment (and the GrünGürtel) to the east, the river Main (and the Mainuferpark) to the south, and the Rückertstrasse and an adjacent residential area to the west. The site has a total surface area of some 120,000 sqm.
Landscaping will be carried out in accordance with the plans drawn up by the Swiss landscape architects, Vogt. These are based on a fluid interplay between the requisite site access zones and the topographical elements of the landscaped park area.
The design for the open spaces is such that it evokes the natural contours of the river Main, picking up on typical elements of the flood plain and transforming them into a diversified park landscape. Topographical elements of the natural flood plains are stylised and abstracted with corresponding slopes, plateaus and terraces, or with water channels and meandering streams, and blended together to form a new parkland. A variety of trees and a range of paved paths add the finishing touches. The requisite security measures have been integrated into the landscape design.