Emporis GmbH is a real estate
Real estate
In general use, esp. North American, 'real estate' is taken to mean "Property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals, or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this; an item of real property; buildings or...

 data mining
Data mining
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 company with headquarters in Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main , commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010...

, Germany
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. The company collects and publishes data and photographs of buildings worldwide.

Emporis offers a variety of information on its public database, Emporis.com, located at www.emporis.com. Emporis is cited relatively frequently by various media sources as an authority on building data.

Emporis used to focus on high-rise buildings and skyscraper
A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building of many stories, often designed for office and commercial use. There is no official definition or height above which a building may be classified as a skyscraper...

s in the past, which it defines as buildings "between 35 and 100 metres" tall and "at least 100 metres tall", respectively. Today the number of low-rise buildings and other structures on Emporis exceeds the number of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers by far.


Michael Wutzke started a website about skyscrapers in Frankfurt in 1996. In 2000 he started skyscrapers.com which was folded into Emporis.

In 2000 a group of Emporis senior editors began presenting the Emporis Skyscraper Award
Emporis Skyscraper Award
The Emporis Skyscraper Award is an award for architectural excellence regarding the design of buildings and their functionality.The award is presented annually by Emporis to the building representing the "Best new skyscraper for design and functionality". To qualify, nominated buildings must have...

. Eligible buildings are selected from a list of all buildings in the world at least 100 meters tall which were completed that year.

In 2004 Stephan R. Boehm, who according to the company's website is a "serial entrepreneur", assumed the role of Chairman. Wutzke remains Chief Technology Officer and is managing director.

In 2005 Emporis formed a partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is an international body in the field of tall buildings and sustainable urban design...

 (CTBUH), under which Emporis serves as the official CTBUH high-rise buildings database.

In 2007 venture capital firm Neuhaus Partners and KfW Bankengruppe
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 invested several million Euro in the company.

Effective January 1, 2009, the company moved its headquarters from Darmstadt
Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland of Hesse in Germany, located in the southern part of the Rhine Main Area.The sandy soils in the Darmstadt area, ill-suited for agriculture in times before industrial fertilisation, prevented any larger settlement from developing, until the city became the seat...

to Frankfurt.

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