Westhafen Tower

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Westhafen Tower
Westhafen Tower 2009 1.jpg
Westhafen Tower in 2009
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial Offices
Location Westhafenplatz 1
Hesse, Germany
Coordinates 50°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 started 2001
Completed 2004
Cost US$77 million
Owner Westhafen Tower GmbH & Co.
OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH
Roof 109.9 m (361 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 30
5 below ground
Floor area 42,800 m2 (461,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 10
Design and construction
Architect Schneider + Schumacher Architekten BDA
Structural engineer Schüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Main contractor Philipp Holzmann AG

Westhafen Tower is a 109.9 m (361 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 rhombic surface of a typical Frankfurtian cider glass. Therefore, the building is popularly called das Gerippte, literally meaning "the Rhombic".

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.

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