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Messeturm Frankfurt Germany - art deco style office tower - skyscraper with a pyramid on the roof - pencil skyscraper

MesseTurm is a skyscraper and Frankfurt’s 2nd tallest high-rise building. It lies at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage street and is bordering the exhibition grounds. MesseTurm was designed by Helmut Jahn for the American project developer Tishman Speyer. The tower is 256.5 meters tall and not publicly accessible to visitors. MesseTurm has a striking pyramid on the roof. The pyramid does not contain publicly usable space, but only supply facilities such as heating and cooling. The design of the top of the building goes back to the first draft for the roof pyramid of the Campanile high-rise (which was never realized). MesseTurm means “Exhibition Tower” in German language.

MesseTurm was built in 1990 in Art Deco style. The width and length of each floor is just 41 x 41 meters (135 x 135 feet). 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.

Frankfurt Messeturm Spire and Pyramid - Frankfurt skyline at sunset - Frankfurt drone picture by Thomas Gessner

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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. Tenants of MesseTurm include BNY Mellon, Flick Gocke Schaumburg and Oliver Wyman.

Information for visitors: There is a large, public underground car park below MesseTurm. You cannot visit MesseTurm. There is no longer a public restaurant inside the skyscraper.

Hammering Man in Frankfurt

In front of MesseTurm stands the Hammering Man by US artist Jonathan Borofsky, erected in 1991. The work of art is regarded as a symbol for work, deed and also as a symbol for solidarity with all people who work. The sculpture can also be found in various versions in other major cities around the world.

Also, MesseTurm is the venue of the SkyRun Frankfurt, a vertical running competition in which participants have to climb a total of 1,202 steps and 222 meters (728 feet) of altitude to reach the finish.

Status September 2020: The asset manager OFFICEFIRST told us that the renovation work on MesseTurm should be completed by December 2020.

Status June 2020: OFFICE FIRST leases around 4,100 square meters (44,132 square feet) of space in the MesseTurm. The new tenants are Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Rat für Formgebung, and other office tenants, including a British media group.

Status July 2019: Cool or total madness? Roofing is an extreme sport in which mostly young men climb tall buildings. In summer 2019, a roofer even made it to the tip of the MesseTurm:

Status June 2019: The office rental company Regus wants to double its space in the MesseTurm to around 4,500 square meters of rental space. The loft-like business club with ceilings up to four meters high is to become the new heart of the location.

MesseTurm Frankfurt
MesseTurm in Frankfurt - and the skyline of Frankfurt in the background - right: Messe Torhaus - left: Westend Gate skyscraper - Panorama of Frankfurt

Status May 1989: MesseTurm Frankfurt during the construction phase, photographed by Frank Reuter. The skyscraper was developed at the time by ECE Projektmanagement GmbH for Tishman Speyer Properties. Citibank AG provided the financing.

MesseTurm construction sign in 1989 - photographed by Frank Reuter
MesseTurm construction sign in 1989 - photographed by Frank Reuter
Messeturm in 1989 during the construction - photographed by Frank Reuter
Messeturm in 1989 during the construction - photographed by Frank Reuter

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