Westhafen Tower

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Westhafen Tower
Westhafen Tower 2009 1.jpg
Westhafen Tower in 2009
General information
TypeCommercial Offices
LocationWesthafenplatz 1
Hesse, Germany
Coordinates50°06′04″N 8°39′51″E / 50.1011°N 8.66417°E / 50.1011; 8.66417Coordinates: 50°06′04″N 8°39′51″E / 50.1011°N 8.66417°E / 50.1011; 8.66417
Construction started2001
CostUS$77 million
OwnerWesthafen Tower GmbH & Co.
OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH
Roof109.826 m (360.32 ft)
Technical details
Floor count30
5 below ground
Floor area42,800 m2 (461,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSchneider + Schumacher Architekten BDA
Structural engineerSchüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Main contractorPhilipp Holzmann AG

Westhafen Tower is a 109.826 m (360.32 ft) 30-storey skyscraper in the Gutleutviertel district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building was designed by the architects Schneider & Schumacher and was completed in 2004. The tower, whose name literally means "West Port Tower", is one of the first buildings at the former West Port.


From the outside, the building is shaped like a cylinder, but the storeys are square-shaped, creating 18 conservatories between the interior and exterior. Each of the 30 floors above ground has a rentable area of approximately 820 square metres. One of the architectural features is the rhomboid facade structure, with 3556 triangular panes of glass forming the outer skin.

The structure of the building's glass facade resembles the ribbed surface of a typical Frankfurtian cider glass. Therefore, the building is popularly called das Gerippte, literally meaning "the Ribbed". (see Geripptes (de))

A portion of the triangular segments of the glass can be automatically opened for ventilation purposes in the bottom corner. The floors are heated with under the windows recessed convectors as the cooling is done via a cooling ceiling.


Westhafen Tower houses the headquarters of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Westhafen Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ Westhafen Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ "Westhafen Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Westhafen Tower at Structurae

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