Eurotower (Frankfurt am Main)

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General information
Type Government offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location Kaiserstraße 29
Hesse, Germany
Coordinates 50°06′34″N 8°40′26″E / 50.1095°N 8.6740°E / 50.1095; 8.6740Coordinates: 50°06′34″N 8°40′26″E / 50.1095°N 8.6740°E / 50.1095; 8.6740
Completed 1973–1977
Roof 148 m (486 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 39
5 below ground
Floor area 78,000 m2 (840,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 16
Design and construction
Architect Richard Heil
Johannes Krahn
Engineer Philipp Holzmann
Walter Bau AG
König Heunisch und Partner
Main contractor Philipp Holzmann

Eurotower is a 40-storey, 148 m (486 ft) skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building serves as the seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), which occupies most of its 78,000 m2 (840,000 sq ft) of office space.

The tower was designed by architect Richard Heil and was built between 1971 and 1977. The first main tenant was the Bank für Gemeinwirtschaft. The building was later used by the European Monetary Institute, which was the forerunner of the European Central Bank that was established in 1998.

The building is located at Willy-Brandt-Platz in Frankfurt's central business district, the Bankenviertel, opposite to the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt. There is a Euro Information Centre of the ECB on the first floor open to the public and a club/restaurant called Living XXL in the basement. Right next to the building is an underground U-Bahn station and an above-ground tram station.

Because of the limited space of the Eurotower, the personnel of the ECB are also distributed between two other skyscrapers in the Bankenviertel, the Eurotheum and Neue Mainzer Straße 32-36. The ECB is currently building new headquarters in the eastern part of Frankfurt which was originally envisaged to bring together all personnel in one place, however with the increase of the ECB's responsibilities with the EU Single Supervisory Mechanism the ECB will retain the Eurotower after refurbishment. Construction of the new tower started in 2008 with completion anticipated in 2014.

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