Maintower is a 200 metre (656 foot) skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is named after the river Main. A 40 metre (131 foot) communications
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 tower is mounted atop the building. It features five underground floors, as well as two public viewing platforms. The tower currently remains the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. It is currently the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt.

Maintower was built between 1996 and 1999 and contains the Landesbank of Hesse
Hesse or Hessia is both a cultural region of Germany and the name of an individual German state.* The cultural region of Hesse includes both the State of Hesse and the area known as Rhenish Hesse in the neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate state...

 and Thuringia
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Helaba short for Hessische Landesbank Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen is a commercial bank with core regions in Hesse and Thuringia, Germany...

), the German Office of Merrill Lynch
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 and a television studio of the Hessischer Rundfunk
Hessischer Rundfunk
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, among other enterprises. The first tenants moved in on 5 November 1999, and the official inauguration was 28 January 2000. During weather reports by the television station, the weather reporter stands on the top of the building.

The foyer of the building has two art pieces accessible to the public: the video installation by Bill Viola
Bill Viola
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 "The World of Appearances" and the wall mosaic
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 by Stephan Huber
Stephan Huber
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"Frankfurter Treppe / XX. Jahrhundert" (Translation: "Frankfurt's Steps/20th century")

The tower's design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape and a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and taller of the two towers is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

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