Messeturm Tower: Frankfurt, Germany

by Irwin G. Cantor, (F.ASCE), Cantor Seinuk Group, New York, United States,
Ahmad Rahimian, (M.ASCE), Cantor Seinuk Group, New York, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


A 256 meter (840 feet)tall office tower, currently the tallest building in Europe, has been constructed in Frankfurt Germany. The 7- story structure with 85500 square meter (920,000 square feet) of space is founded on soft soil deposit called 'Frankfurt Clay'. The combination of construction market preferences and code structural and fire requirements produced a concrete building with excellent structural stiffness. The lateral system was comprised of a shear wall core and a perimeter tube system with reentrant corners. The soft and irregular soil characteristics of Frankfurt additional measures to minimize the titling of the tower as a result of the uneven settlement of the foundation system.

Subject Headings: Soft soils | Concrete structures | Soil settlement | High-rise buildings | Soil properties | Shear walls | Foundation settlement | Core walls | Germany | Europe

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