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Germany Related Events/Initiatives

CTBUH Berlin Event 2019: Urban Densification
18 Sep 2019, Berlin – Event Report
The latest CTBUH Berlin Event addressed the question of how architects and designers can manage urban densification, while at the same time ensuring high standards of quality.
CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting
23 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
The second meeting of the research team involved in “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators” was held in Rottweil, Germany.
World’s First Rope-Less Elevator Unveiled in Germany
22 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
The official unveiling of the MULTI elevator system, the first linear-motor elevator, was held at the thyssenkrupp Test Tower in Germany.
CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation
22 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological innovation and its effect on the various disciplines within the construction industry.
What is the Future of Berlin’s Urban Development?
29 Mar 2017, Berlin – Event Report
CTBUH and CallisonRTKL, a design consultancy of Arcadis, organized a debate to discuss the future of development in Berlin and the role of the tall building.
Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
CTBUH Meeting Frankfurt
28 Nov 2016, Frankfurt am Main – Event Report
A preparatory meeting for the creation of a CTBUH Germany Chapter was held on the 7th floor of the TaunusTurm in Frankfurt, kindly sponsored by Werner Sobek.
CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, chosen from a pool of 132 submissions vying for recognition.
Second CTBUH "Tall Timber Buildings" Working Group Meeting
8 May 2015, Berlin – Event Report
The Tall Timber Buildings Working Group held their second meeting with a discussion on defining parameters for categorizing Tall Timber Buildings and focusing on creating a manual.
Christoph Ingenhoven Explains the Necessity for High-Rises
12 Jun 2013 – Conference Video and PPT
Christoph Ingenhoven presents his point of view regarding the necessity of high-rises in cities. He discusses a wide range of built projects, including one of the first ecological high-rises, the RWE Tower in the center of Essen as well as 1 Bligh…
Werner Sobek Presents on Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Conference Video and PPT
High-rise buildings make an important contribution in the design of sustainable cities – provided they are planned accordingly and with a holistic perspective. In this context, the design of structural systems and façades make a vital contribution…
CTBUH Releases Study on the Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in advanced stages of construction.
Helmut Jahn Discusses His Lifetime's Work
18 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the MGM Veer…
Sauerbruch Hutton Present on KfW Westarkade
3 Nov 2011 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
One of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, KfW Westarkade is projected to use about half the primary energy of an average European office building, and one-third of a North American one. Its appearance is a direct expression of…
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Foster + Partners on Sustainability in their Projects
3 Feb 2010 – Conference Video and PPT
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre…
2003 Stuttgart Conference: Tall Buildings and Transparency
5-7 Oct 2003, Stuttgart – Conference
2003 International Conference held in Stuttgart, Germany on Tall Buildings and Transparency from October 5-7, 2003

Featured Tall Buildings in Germany

ADAC Headquarters

ADAC Headquarters, Munich

ADAC is instantly recognizable for the playful color pattern of its curtain walls, but from a structural and environmental standpoint, this is a building that means serious business.

ECB - European Central Bank

ECB - European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

European Central Bank's two towers are connected by a full-height atrium, referred to as the "vertical city."

Hegau Tower

Hegau Tower, Singen

The simplicity of form and elegance of this all glass prism are pristinely executed. What sets this tower apart however, are the automatic sunshades on the south west façade.

KfW Westarkade

KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt am Main

Already being touted as one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, KfW Westarkade stands out as a shining example of an environmentally-responsible project.

Nextower

Nextower, Frankfurt am Main

The striking interrelationship of the tilted façades forms the central theme of the design of this office tower and its smaller neighboring hotel.

Post Tower

Post Tower, Bonn

Post Tower is a forward-looking high-rise for the 21st century: formally, technically, and ecologically advanced, and offering a high-quality work environment.

Tour Total

Tour Total, Berlin

Tour Total establishes a strong anchor for a new urban district in the heart of Berlin. It achieves a remarkable balance between economics and sustainable performance.

Germany Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in Germany, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Patron

Jaeger Kahlen Partners Architects Ltd. Jaeger Kahlen Partners Architects Ltd.
China
ARCH URB INTR FAC LAND
POHL Group POHL Group
Germany
FAC FACS
Priedemann Facade Experts Priedemann Facade Experts
Germany
FAC FACS
thyssenkrupp Elevator thyssenkrupp Elevator
Germany
VERC VERS MATR

Donor

Schuco Schuco
Germany
MATR ENGO FAC

Contributor

GERB Vibration Control Systems (USA/Germany) GERB Vibration Control Systems (USA/Germany)
Germany
MATR SEIS
gmp • Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner GbR gmp • Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner GbR
Germany
ARCH URB INTR
HPP Architects HPP Architects
Germany
ARCH URB
KHP Konig und Heunisch Planungsgesellschaft KHP Konig und Heunisch Planungsgesellschaft
Germany
STRC CIV
MAURER SE MAURER SE
Germany
MATR MEP ENGO SEIS STRC
Sauerbruch Hutton Gesellschaft von Architekten Sauerbruch Hutton Gesellschaft von Architekten
Germany
ARCH URB INTR
Werner Sobek Group Werner Sobek Group
Germany
STRC ARCH ENVE FAC TRAN
wh-p Ingenieure wh-p Ingenieure
Germany
STRC CIV SEIS
WTM Engineers International WTM Engineers International
Germany
STRC CIV TRAN ENGO ENVP FIRE PMNG

Participant

Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure
Germany
STRC FAC SEIS CON FIRE PMNG
David Chipperfield Architects David Chipperfield Architects
Germany
ARCH
European Patent Office European Patent Office
Germany
NONP
HENN HENN
Germany
ARCH
Henning GmbH & Co. KG Henning GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
MATR
ingenhoven architects ingenhoven architects
Germany
ARCH URB
Lichtvision Lichtvision
Germany
OTHR
Lindner Group Lindner Group
Germany
CON FAC FACS
schlaich bergermann partner schlaich bergermann partner
Germany
CIV
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH
Germany
MEP ENVE
Wacker Ingenieure Wacker Ingenieure
Germany
WIND ENVE

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CTBUH Germany

CTBUH Berlin Event 2019: Urban Densification

18 Sep 2019, Event Report – The latest CTBUH Berlin Event addressed the question of how architects and…

CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting

CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting

23 Jun 2017, Event Report – The second meeting of the research team involved in “A Study on the Design…

World’s First Rope-Less Elevator Unveiled in Germany

World’s First Rope-Less Elevator Unveiled in Germany

22 Jun 2017, Event Report – The official unveiling of the MULTI elevator system, the first linear-motor…

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Roland Bechmann

Country Representative

Roland Bechmann
Werner Sobek Group, Munich

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CTBUH Germany Representation

Roland Bechmann

Country Representative

Roland Bechmann
Werner Sobek Group, Munich

CTBUH Resources on Germany

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Clean Lines, Core Principles, and Forward-Looking Innovation

30 May 2018 –
Laurent Burkart, Burkart Verwaltungen; Helmut Jahn, JAHN

Interview: Eric Parry

30 Oct 2017 – Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects

City-within-a-City: European Central Bank

3 Nov 2016 – Pete Rose, Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Wind Effects on Permeable Tall Building Envelopes: Issues and Potentialities

29 Jul 2019 – CTBUH Journal Issue III
Andrea Giachetti, University of Florence; Gianni Bartoli, University of Florence; Claudio Mannini, University of Florence

A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design

Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2
Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales

A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales

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Germany Related Videos

Clean Lines, Core Principles, and Forward-Looking Innovation
30 May 2018 – Presentation at ; Laurent Burkart, Burkart Verwaltungen; Helmut Jahn, JAHN
Simplicity of form and selective use of materials emphasizes the fundamental design idea behind Hegau Tower – to formulate a clear statement of Modernism. The building’s components, structure and envelope, as well as the users and their activities…
Interview: Eric Parry
30 Oct 2017 – Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects
Eric Parry of Eric Parry Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.
City-within-a-City: European Central Bank
3 Nov 2016 – Pete Rose, Coop Himmelb(l)au
The European Central Bank headquarters masterfully assembles a split high-rise atop a horizontally oriented low-rise heritage structure. The combination of atria created by the placement of the two glass high-rise volumes and the expansive interiors…
Interview: European Central Bank
3 Nov 2016 – Pete Rose, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Pete Rose, Senior Associate, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, during the 2016 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
New Approaches for Efficient People Transportation in Both Dimensions – Vertically and Horizontally
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; Karl-Otto Schoellkopf, thyssenkrupp
The trend of growing cities with permanently increasing populations will require new and visionary solutions for mobility in urban areas. Moving people as we are used to do today – either by individual cars, buses, taxis, etc., will lead to chaotic…
Interview: The Post Tower
6 Nov 2014 – Helmut Jahn, JAHN
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. Helmut Jahn, JAHN, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Tall Building 10 Year Award winner, the Post Tower, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Tall Building 10 Year Award: Of Split Volumes and Double Skins: The Post Tower
6 Nov 2014 – Helmut Jahn, JAHN
Deutsche Post DHL’s Bonn headquarters is an expression of the company’s confidence in progress and in technology to improve the work environment. The architect’s aim was to create a forward-looking high-rise for the 21st century: formally,…
Modernization: Renewing the Lifecycle of Vertical Transportation
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at ; Franz Arnold, Schindler Elevators
Traditionally much of the focus in the tall building sector has been centered on the ground breaking technology being put in place for the pioneering “Skyscrapers of Tomorrow.” However, as these landmarks continually develop the ranks of “yesterday’s…
Why I am in Love with High-Rises
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at ; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects
Christoph Ingenhoven presents his point of view regarding the necessity of high-rises in cities. He discusses a wide range of built projects, including one of the first ecological high-rises, the RWE Tower in the center of Essen as well as 1 Bligh,…
Beyond Green – Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at ; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group
High-rise buildings make an important contribution in the design of sustainable cities – provided they are planned accordingly and with a holistic perspective. In this context, the design of structural systems and façades make a vital contribution.…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: Archi-neering Tall
18 Oct 2012 – Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the MGM Veer…
Best Tall Building Europe: KfW Westarkade: The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency
3 Nov 2011 – Axel Hinterthan, KfW Bankengruppe; Matthias Sauerbruch & Louisa Hutton, Sauerbruch Hutton
One of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, KfW Westarkade is projected to use about half the primary energy of an average European office building, and one-third of a North American one. Its appearance is a direct expression of…
The Sustainable City
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at ; David Nelson, Foster + Partners
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre,…

Germany Related Papers/Research

Wind Effects on Permeable Tall Building Envelopes: Issues and Potentialities
29 Jul 2019 – CTBUH Journal Issue III; Andrea Giachetti, University of Florence; Gianni Bartoli, University of Florence; Claudio Mannini, University of Florence
A comprehensive conclusion about the effects of wind on permeable building envelopes (PBEs) remains elusive. The external layer permeability, the gap width, and the internal compartmentalizations are only a few of the many potential influencing…
A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales
This research suggests the most effective way for improving energy efficiency in tall buildings is a “fabric-first” approach. This involves optimizing the performance of the building form and envelope as a first priority, with additional technologies…
A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales
This research suggests the most effective way for improving energy efficiency in tall buildings is a “fabric-first” approach. This involves optimizing the performance of the building form and envelope as a first priority, with additional technologies…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This paper establishes the criteria…
Tall Versus Old? The Role of Historic Preservation in the Context of Rapid Urban Growth
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Kate Ascher & Sabrina Uffer, BuroHappold Engineering
As cities aspire to become global metropolises, older low-rise structures are getting torn down to make room for new, often tall, buildings and neighborhoods. What does this mean for preservation? This paper investigates historic preservation in New…
Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
In this paper we discuss the terms “exo-spatial design,” “solar carving,” and “bridging” as strategies for creating more socially connective tall buildings. As a typology, high-rise residential buildings have a unique set of challenges to becoming…
Novel High-rise Typologies – Towards Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Martin Henn & Moritz Fleischmann, HENN Architekten
How can we translate the urban qualities of the horizontal city into the vertical tower? Here, we present four projects that embody design strategies to address this issue. The aim is to show how a strategic approach towards the integration of…
Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
In this paper we discuss the terms “exo-spatial design,” “solar carving,” and “bridging” as strategies for creating more socially connective tall buildings. As a typology, high-rise residential buildings have a unique set of challenges to becoming…
Two Towers, One Market
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Wolf D. Prix, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
The design of the new European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt combines a twisted double tower, which rises to 185 meters, integrated with the horizontal structure of the landmarked 1928 Grossmarkthalle, formerly the city’s main wholesale market.…
Taming Tall Buildings’ “Autistic” Tendencies
Feb 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Kees Christiaanse, KCAP Rotterdam
The CTBUH is actively expanding the “Urban Habitat” portion of its mission, which calls for tall buildings to be optimally integrated into human-scaled urban environments. KCAP Architects & Planners has offices in Rotterdam, Zurich, and Shanghai, and…
Frankfurt and Rotterdam: Skylines as Embodiment of a Global City
Feb 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Nebojša Čamprag, Technical University of Darmstadt
In contrast to US cities, which allowed construction of skyscrapers in central urban areas, the post-World War II development of western Europe generally involved new construction in peripheral zones, while urban centers were mostly preserved or…
Debating Tall: Tall Timber in 10 Years?
28 Jan 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Carsten Hein, Arup; Carl Baldassarra, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Interest is growing in using wood as a building material for skyscrapers. Several 10-story-plus buildings have been constructed, and numerous academic, industry, and government research projects have been initiated recently to further study the…
The History of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Nathaniel Hollister, CTBUH
Due to the compact and historic nature of its cities, some unpopular designs, and an unfortunate association with public housing, Europe had historically been slow to build skyscrapers. But currently, the continent is outpacing North America in…
The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Viewpoints: The London Conference
European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed by various speakers at the London Conference – we ask: What is special…
The Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; CTBUH Research
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in advanced stages of construction.
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
The Skycourt - A Comparison of Four Case Studies
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Jason Pomeroy, Broadway Malyan
The effects of industrial capitalism and secularism have not only seen the fall of public man (Sennett 1976) but the slow disintegration of the public realm.

Featured Tall Buildings in Germany

ECB - European Central Bank

ECB - European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

European Central Bank's two towers are connected by a full-height atrium, referred to as the "vertical city."

Post Tower

Post Tower, Bonn

Post Tower is a forward-looking high-rise for the 21st century: formally, technically, and ecologically advanced, and offering a high-quality work environment.

ADAC Headquarters

ADAC Headquarters, Munich

ADAC is instantly recognizable for the playful color pattern of its curtain walls, but from a structural and environmental standpoint, this is a building that means serious business.

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Germany Facts

Population 80,585,700 (2013)
Area 357,168 km² • 137,903 mi²
GDP $3.75 trillion (2014)
150m+ Buildings 16 Completed5 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings None Completed
Tallest City Frankfurt am Main
Global Ranking #27 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #5 in Europe by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Westend Gate (159 m, 1976)
Average Building Age 21 Years
Most Common Function Office (71%)
Most Common Material Concrete (67%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings in Germany

1   Commerzbank Tower 1997 259 m Frankfurt am Main
2   MesseTurm 1990 257 m Frankfurt am Main
3   Elbtower 2025 233 m Hamburg
4   FOUR Frankfurt 1 2022 228 m Frankfurt am Main
5   Westendstrasse 1 1993 208 m Frankfurt am Main
6   Main Tower 1999 200 m Frankfurt am Main
7   Tower 185 2011 200 m Frankfurt am Main
8   ONE 2021 191 m Frankfurt am Main
9   OMNITURM 2019 190 m Frankfurt am Main
10   Trianon 1993 186 m Frankfurt am Main
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed