Commerzbank (Frankfurt, Germany) - first skyscraper in Europe
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Grosse Gallusstrasse, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Date of build
1994 - 1997
- Other building names: Commerzbank AG, Commerzbank Tower, Erweiterung der Commerzbank-Zentrale
- Building type: Skyscraper, Office building
- Architectural style: Modern
- Material: Steel, glass, concrete, reinforced concrete
Height: 298.7 m
300.1 - to the highest point
259 m - to the top of the roof
Area: 120 700 m² - total area
538,000 m² - cubature
- Architect: Norman Foster and Partners, Ingenieurbüro König und Heunisch, Ove Arup & Partners
The first skyscraper in Europe exceeding the 300 meter high barrier. At the top of the mast there is a newly installed signal lamp, which officially makes the building high at 300.10 meters.
The office building has 56 floors above ground and 2 underground floors. The building has 9 diverse gardens.
Initially, the building was called "Ecological tower" because of the new technology used for heating and cooling rooms. It has been calculated that for two-thirds of the year you can opt out of air conditioning and use natural ventilation, which will reduce the cost of energy consumption by half. The main part of the ventilation system is a two-shell façade, between which the air flows freely between the layers located 40 cm away.
The building stands on 111 piles driven into the ground with a diameter of 1.8 m and a length of 50 m, and on a 3m reinforced concrete slab. The basis of the construction of the building is six pylons set in pairs in each corner of the building
The building is on the plan of an equilateral triangle with a side of 60 meters. The height axis is a triangular atrium connecting all floors. On each floor it defines three equal parts, two of them are intended for office rooms, in the third part there are gardens.
" Europe finally has a skyscraper that can compete with the tallest buildings in America. "