Westendstrasse 1

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Westendstraße 1
Frankfurt Westend Tower.Süd.20130616.jpg
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationWestendstraße 1
Hesse, Germany
Coordinates50°06′38″N 8°39′45″E / 50.11056°N 8.66250°E / 50.11056; 8.66250Coordinates: 50°06′38″N 8°39′45″E / 50.11056°N 8.66250°E / 50.11056; 8.66250
Construction started1990
CostUS$400 million
Roof208 m (682 ft)
Technical details
Floor count53
3 below ground
Floor area80,700 m2 (868,600 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectKohn Pedersen Fox
Structural engineerBGS Ingenieursozietät
Main contractorHochtief AG

Westendstraße 1 is a 53-storey, 208 m (682 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany. The structure was completed in 1993 and together with the nearby City-Haus, forms the headquarters of DZ Bank; in 1995 it won the "Best Building of the Year" award by the American Chamber of Architects in the multifunctional skyscraper category. The tower is the third tallest skyscraper in Frankfurt and also in Germany.



The building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is similar in style to an older building by the same architects, 1250 René-Lévesque in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The building is a reinforced concrete structure with a perforated facades and flat slabs, the floor height is usually 3.6 m with a floor area of 950 square meters. The facade consists of fine, golden granite, giving it a white and bright appearance from afar, the building was designed by architect William Pedersen. The characteristic ring beam at the top of the tower (known commonly as the crown) is a reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty, but is also intended as a reminder to Frankfurt's history as the city where German emperors were crowned, the crown faces towards the old part of Frankfurt where the coronations were held at the Frankfurt Cathedral. The 95 tonne steel crown is heated in winter to prevent the forming of icicles which could endanger pedestrians or cars on the street below.[citation needed] The design for Moshe Aviv Tower also called "City Gate" skyscraper in Ramat Gan was inspired by the building.


A sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, called Inverted Collar and Tie is set up in front of the entrance.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Westendstrasse 1 appears under the name KHoustonry Art Foundation Building as a vanilla stage 8 Euro-Contemporary building set in SimCity 4 (Deluxe or with Rush Hour).[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Westendstrasse 1". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  2. ^ Westendstrasse 1 at Emporis
  3. ^ "Westendstrasse 1". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Westendstrasse 1 at Structurae
  5. ^ "Sim City 4 Building Index". simcity4buildings.net. Retrieved 2018-07-05.