Global Tower Frankfurt – Construction Work almost completed

The Global Tower in the middle of Frankfurt’s financial district is nearing completion after around 3.5 years of intensive renovation work. Since summer 2018, the former Commerzbank high-rise building at Neue Mainzer Straße 32 – 36 has been completely gutted, modernized and thus made suitable for the demands of today’s office world. After the European Central Bank, the interim tenant, vacated the premises in 2014 in favor of the new location in Frankfurt-Ostend, Commerzbank sold the high-rise in 2016 to the German Estate Group (GEG), a subsidiary of DIC Asset AG.

In 1974, the 108 meter high existing building was built according to the plans of architect Richard Heil as one of the first high-rise buildings in Frankfurt. In the meantime, the high-rise façade, designed in the International Style, has been listed as a historic monument due to its significance for urban development. Under the leadership of the architectural firm Holger Meyer, the building had to be reduced to its low and shell structure as part of the comprehensive modernization, and the entire technical systems had to be renewed. With regard to the building’s envelope, the decision was made to use a double facade. The inner façade layer takes over the technical, functional and energetic functions of an air-conditioning envelope, while the outer skin replicates the flatness and framelessness of the original façade. For this implementation, the Global Tower was one of the first high-rise buildings in the banking district to be awarded the WiredScore as well as the DGNB Platinum certification for particularly sustainable building standards. Another special feature of the building is the flexibility of its interior design. Thanks to state-of-the-art wall installation technology, open-plan offices, for example, can be converted into separate individual areas within just a few days.


In total, the Global Tower comprises 30 upper floors and three basement floors with approximately 33,000 square meters of rental space. On the fourth floor is a rooftop terrace, which will be multifunctional with, among other things, an outdoor meeting room and a bar. The 25th floor also features a skyline terrace with spectacular views of the entire city. The four-story base building of the Global Tower houses a new 9-meter-high entrance lobby with access to Neue Mainzer Strasse as well as to Grosse Gallusstrasse. In addition, high-quality local supply, retail and gastronomy areas are planned for the base building. Under the new name Global Forum, the auditorium formerly designed by Norman Foster has been extensively modernized and offers space for up to 400 people as an event location in the banking district.


The current occupancy rate is just under 50 percent. Among others, the major Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo will be an important future tenant from the financial sector, which will use the Global Tower for its business in Germany. Google Germany has already signed a lease for around 5,200 square meters of office space.

Directly adjacent to the Global Tower at the street intersection are the TaunusTurm, the OmniTurm and the Japan Center. To the south, the Global Tower adjoins Hauck & Aufhäuser’s K26 high-rise tower.


Rooftop terrace on the 4th floor


Entrance lobby to Neue Mainzer Straße


View from the Global Tower over Frankfurt’s city center


From left: Nina Brandenburger (DIC Asset AG), Michael Wutzke, Dean Vukovic, Jakob Schickedanz (all SKYLINE ATLAS)

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