The MesseTurm (“exhibition tower”) is a skyscraper at the exhibition grounds designed by Helmut Jahn. The tower is 256.5 meters high and not publicly accessible to visitors. The fair tower has a striking pyramid on the roof. In the pyramid, there are no utility areas, only supply facilities such as heating and cooling. The high-rise was developed by the American project developer Tishman Speyer.
MesseTurm was built in 1990 in Art Deco style. The floor area is just 41 x 41 meters. In the middle of the building is an elevator shaft with 24 lifts and space for the service core. Due to the arrangement of the elevators in the centre of the building, users only have an area of 8.30m to 8.60m of depth.
Unlike similar American models, the fair tower is not part of city life. For security reasons, no communicative or visitor-friendly use has been given. The lobby is not a hall with shops and restaurants, but a locked room, guarded by security.
The MesseTurm is the venue of the SkyRun, a staircase competition in which participants have to climb a total of 1,202 steps and 202 metres of altitude to reach the finish. After the Taipei 101 Run Up in Taiwan (2,046 steps) and the Empire State Building Run Up in New York (1,567 steps), the SkyRun is the third largest of its kind after steps.
Tenants of the MesseTurm include BNY Mellon, Flick Gocke Schaumburg and Oliver Wyman.