Skyscraper (166/365)

by Lee Santiva June. 15, 2019 286 views
Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany

Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany

I took the first photo with my iphone while attending a business conference in Frankfurt two years ago. Photo #2 is a recent one from May 2019.

The Frankfurt Conference Center Tower (Messeturm) skyscraper was finished in 1991 and is 256 meters or 63 stories tall. The tower was designed by Helmut Jahn, the world-renown architect and CEO of the Chicago-based architecture firm JAHN. Helmut Jahn moved from Germany to Chicago in 1965.

It is truly a "small world" when it comes to the architects of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

The Chicago offices of Helmut Jahn are on the top floors of 35 East Wacker Drive. In photo #2 you see it on the left: it is the concrete and stone building with Greek pillars and dome at the top. At the time of it's completion in 1927, the Jeweler's Building (as it was called then) was the tallest building in Chicago with 40 stories. Now it is directly across from the current title holder, the Trump Tower, which has 98 stories.

When you see these two buildings directly across from each other you can begin to appreciate the advances in engineering, construction and technology which made a more than 100% increase in height possible for skyscrapers in less than 100 years.

Chicago's tallest skyscrapers (then and now)  at sunset

Chicago's tallest skyscrapers (then and now) at sunset

Anyone who has flown through Chicago O'Hare airport might have seen the work of Helmut Jahn since he designed the United terminal. He has designed many famous buildings not only in downtown Chicago but also throughout the world.

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Varsha Arun 1 year, 6 months ago

Insightful story! Due to major development in engineering, it has been possible to achieve skyscrapers, bridges & the lot. Each with a compelling science to it!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Varsha Arun 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Arun, I appreciate the feedback, glad you found it interesting

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Varsha Arun Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 6 months ago

Hi Lee, I am Varsha...although I suppose my dad's name doesn't sound so bad either :-)
Do check out my new post on my recent trip if you have the time...I dare say it you would find it engaging.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Varsha Arun 1 year, 6 months ago

I‘m so sorry I got your name wrong, thank you for letting me know. I‘m travelling right now with limited Internet access, I will look when I get back

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Varsha Arun Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 6 months ago

Sure, whenever you can blushrelaxed

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Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow, great job on both images, Lee.  While the Trump building was not there when I lived in "Chi town", the Jewelers building must have been, although I'd never heard of it.  Thanks for bringing me current.  smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks a lot Bob! Means a lot from a fellow former Chicagoan

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 7 months ago

grinning

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Lynn F Medley 1 year, 7 months ago

Beautiful images with the reflections and sun! And love the comparison between the two have seen them both in person but did not these facts. Thank you!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks Lynn, glad you enjoyed t

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

These are wonderful! Especially love the reflections and glinting sunlight.....Bravo!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 7 months ago

Always a pleasure, Lee!
Cheers!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

#2 Gorgeous capture with the sun and boats. Wonderful framing.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you! It was quite cold that day so the air was really clear.

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