Westhafen Tower
Westhafen Tower is a skyscraper in the Gutleutviertel
Gutleutviertel (Frankfurt am Main)
Gutleutviertel is a district or Stadtteil of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is part of the Ortsbezirk Innenstadt I.It takes its name from the medieval town "Gutleuthof", once a refuge for lepers. There is a similar multicultural meeting as in neighboring Central Railway Station District. The...

 district of Frankfurt. The building, which has a height of 109 metres, was designed by the architects Schneider & Schumacher and was completed in 2004. The tower, whose name literally means "Western Port Tower", is one of the first buildings at the former Western Port.

Building Construction

From the outside, the building is shaped like a cylinder, but the storeys are square-shaped, creating 18 conservatories between the interior and exterior. Each of the 30 floors above ground has a rentable area of approximately 820 square metres. One of the architectural features is the rhomboid facade structure, with 3556 triangular panes of glass forming the outer skin.

The structure of the building's glass facade resembles the rhombic surface of a typical Frankfurtian cider glass
Cider in Germany is called Apfelwein , as the German language has not used the word cider. It is also regionally known as ebbelwoi, äppler, stöffsche, apfelmost , viez , and saurer most . It has an alcohol content of 5.5%–7% and a tart, sour taste...

. Therefore, the building is popularly called das Gerippte, literally meaning "the Rhombic".

A portion of the triangular segments of the glass can be automatically opened for ventilation purposes in the bottom corner. The floors are heated with under the windows recessed convectors as the cooling is done via a cooling ceiling.


Westhafen Tower houses the headquarters of the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors.

External links

  • Official web site
  • The Westhafen Tower at Emporis
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  • The Westhafen Tower at Structurae
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