City-Hochhaus Leipzig

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Leipzig - Augustusplatz + City-Hochhaus 03 ies.jpg
Alternative names Uniriese
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Location Augustusplatz 9
Leipzig, Germany
Coordinates 51°20′15″N 12°22′46″E / 51.3375°N 12.3794°E / 51.3375; 12.3794Coordinates: 51°20′15″N 12°22′46″E / 51.3375°N 12.3794°E / 51.3375; 12.3794
Construction started 1968
Completed 1972
Owner Merrill Lynch
Management CRE Resolution GmbH
Antenna spire 153 m (502 ft)
Roof 142 m (466 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 36
Floor area 800–850 m2 (8,600–9,100 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Hermann Henselmann

City-Hochhaus is 36-storey skyscraper in Leipzig, Germany. At 142 m (466 ft), it is the tallest multistory building in Leipzig. The tower was designed by architect Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book, and built between 1968 and 1972. It followed Henselmann's idea to cap central places in cities with a prominent tower, such as the Jen-Tower in Jena and Fernsehturm in Berlin.

City-Hochhaus was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz, was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch.[5] The building was completely renovated between 1999 and 2002, when it lost its aluminium sheathing which was replaced by grey granite. The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange[6] and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform.

The building is nicknamed Weisheitszahn (English: wisdom tooth) by locals as due to its form or after its previous function as Uniriese (English: university giant).

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