Commerzbank Tower

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Commerzbank Tower
Frankfurt Commerzbank vom Schaumainkai.jpg
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationKaiserplatz 1
Hesse, Germany
Coordinates50°06′38″N 8°40′27″E / 50.11056°N 8.67417°E / 50.11056; 8.67417Coordinates: 50°06′38″N 8°40′27″E / 50.11056°N 8.67417°E / 50.11056; 8.67417
Construction started1994
CostDM600 million
Ownersold to Samsung Insurance Corporation for EUR 620 million, sold-and-leased back until 2031 by Commerzbank[1]
Antenna spire300.1 m (985 ft)
Roof258.7 m (849 ft)
Technical details
Floor count56
Floor area109,200 m2 (1,175,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Norman Foster
Structural engineerArup
Krebs und Kiefer
Main contractorHochtief AG
Other information
Public transit access

Commerzbank Tower is a 56-story, 259 m (850 ft) skyscraper owned by Samsung of Korea since September 2016 in the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany. An antenna spire with a signal light on top gives the tower a total height of 300.1 m (985 ft). It is the tallest building in Frankfurt and the tallest building in Germany. It had been the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1997 until 2003 when it was surpassed by the Triumph-Palace in Moscow. Since the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the tower had briefly reclaimed its position as the tallest building in the European Union only to lose the title again in 2021 when Poland's Varso Tower topped out. The Commerzbank Tower is only two metres taller than the Messeturm, which is also located in Frankfurt and was the tallest building in Europe before the construction of the Commerzbank Tower.

Commerzbank Tower was designed by Foster & Partners, with Arup and Krebs & Kiefer (structural engineering), J. Roger Preston with P&A Petterson Ahrens (mechanical engineering), Schad & Hölzel (electrical engineering). Construction of the building began in 1994 and took three years to complete. The building provides 121,000 m2 (1,300,000 sq ft) of office space for the Commerzbank headquarters, including winter gardens and natural lighting and air circulation. The building is lighted at night with a yellow lighting scheme that was designed by Thomas Ende who was allowed to display this sequence as a result of a competition.[6]

In its immediate neighbourhood are other skyscrapers including the Eurotower (former home of the European Central Bank), the Main Tower, the Silberturm, the Japan Center and the Gallileo. The area forms Frankfurt's central business district, commonly known as Bankenviertel.


Garden on the 19th floor of Commerzbank Tower

When the building was planned in the early 1990s, Frankfurt's Green Party, who governed the city together with the Social Democratic Party, encouraged the Commerzbank to design a 'green' skyscraper. The result was the world's first so-called ecological skyscraper:[7] besides the use of 'sky-gardens', environmentally friendly technologies were employed to reduce energy required for heating and cooling.[8]

Sky gardens[edit]

Commerzbank Tower is shaped as a 60-metre (197 ft) wide rounded equilateral triangle with a central, triangular atrium. At nine different levels, the atrium opens up to one of the three sides, forming large sky gardens. These open areas allow more natural light in the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting.[8] At the same time it ensures offices in the building's two other sides have a view of either the city or the garden.

In order to eliminate the need of supporting columns in the sky gardens, the building was constructed in steel rather than the conventional (and cheaper) concrete. It was the first skyscraper in Germany where steel was used as the main construction material.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Commerzbank Tower appears under the name Hurt Enterprise Headquarters as a vanilla stage 8 Euro-Contemporary building set in SimCity 4 (Deluxe or with Rush Hour).[9]
  • In 2007, Wrebbit released a 3D puzzle from the Towers Made To Scale Collection, which includes Commerzbank Tower and Messeturm in one box-set.
  • In his 2011 book Boomerang, Michael Lewis describes a meeting with a German financier who claimed the top of the Commerzbank Tower contains a glass room that serves as a men's toilet from which, he joked, one could, "in full view of the world below, [void one's bowels] on Deutsche Bank."[10]



Skyscrapers in Frankfurt[edit]

Skyscrapers in Frankfurt

Tallest skyscrapers in Frankfurt am Main
Commerzbank Tower
Westendstraße 1
Main Tower
Tower 185
Seat of the European Central Bank
Grand Tower
Westend Gate
Deutsche Bank Twin Towers

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Bank verkauft Konzernzentrale an Südkoreaner". Handelsblatt (in German). 30 September 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Commerzbank Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ "Emporis building ID 109691". Emporis. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Commerzbank Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ Commerzbank Tower at Structurae
  6. ^ Alt 2014, p. 63.
  7. ^ Sweet et al. 2006, p. 54.
  8. ^ a b Sweet et al. 2006, pp. 54–55.
  9. ^ "Sim City 4 Building Index". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  10. ^ Lewis 2011, p. 150.
  11. ^ Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt


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