Eurotower (Frankfurt am Main)

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Eurotower
Frankfurt Eurotower.20130603.jpg
General information
Type Government offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location Kaiserstraße 29
Frankfurt
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
Height
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
References
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Eurotower is a 40-storey, 148 m (486 ft) skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building served until March 18, 2015 as the seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), at which time it was officially replaced as such by a new purpose built building. The ECB still currently (As of March 2015) occupies most of the Eurotowers 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 were also (up to March of 2015) distributed between two other skyscrapers in the Bankenviertel, the Eurotheum and Neue Mainzer Straße 32-36. This was considered less than optimal, so the ECB began in the late 1990s a process to have a new headquarters built on a site in the eastern part of Frankfurt. This was originally envisaged to bring together all the bank's personnel in one place, however with the increase of the ECB's responsibilities with the EU Single Supervisory Mechanism, the ECB will now retain it's presence in the Eurotower after a refurbishment. Construction of the new tower started in 2008 and was completed in late 2014. In November of that year bank personnel started to transfer from the Eurotower to their new offices at the Seat.

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