The Commerzbank Building is an imposing skyscraper located in Frankfurt, Germany. It is considered to be the current tallest building in the European Union, having overtaken the previous tallest, Masseturm by two meters. Both buildings are located in the city of Frankfurt. The Commerzbank is the second tallest in all of Europe after the Triumph-Palace in Moscow.
Commerzbank Building Profile
The Commerzbank Building was constructed on 1994 and was opened to the public on 1997. Its height from the roof is 259 meters or 850 feet high. With its spire included, the building stands 300 meters or 984 feet tall. It stands within the neighborhood of other high rise buildings that make up the Frankfurt skyline. The building was designed by famed architect Norman Foster of the firm Foster & Partners.
Commerzbank Building Features
The Commerzbank Building comprises of 56 stories with a total 121,000 sq. meters or 1.3 million sq. feet of office space. With its construction initially planned in the early 1990’s by the Green Party of Frankfurt, it is aimed to become a “green” building highlighting ecologically friendly features. In fact, the Commerzbank is considered as the world’s very first “ecological skyscraper”.
The Commerzbank Building makes use of environment friendly technologies to allow a more natural cooling and heating system extensively used for the whole building. The building is generally shaped and designed like a rounded equilateral triangle. A triangular glass enclosed light well at the center rises from the ground floor all the way up the building. The space opens into 9 garden atria at different edges and at different levels that provide more natural lighting to come in and reduce the need for more artificial lighting.