skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany

MesseTurm is a skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany. In English it is known as the Trade Fair Tower. It is Germany's second tallest,[1] and at the time of its building, it was the tallest building in Europe.[2] It is the fourth tallest building in Europe. It is 257 metres (840 feet) tall.

The Tower seen from street level

MesseTurm is located in Frankfurt's district Westend. This is near the same named Trade Fair-Area in the centre of the city. It is home to the German headquarters of Reuters, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.

The construction began in 1988. It was finished in 1991. It was the tallest building in Europe, between 1991 and 1997.[3] In 1997, Commerzbank Tower became the tallest building in Germany. It was only two metres higher than MesseTurm.[4] The construction of the building's foundation set a world record. The world record was for the longest continuous concrete pour. Ninety trucks poured concrete for 78 hours. They poured it into the 6-metre (20-foot) deep foundation.

There is a pyramid on the very top of MesseTurm. It is 36.3 metres (119.1 feet) tall. This makes it very different from other skyscrapers. Because of this shape, people in Germany often call it "The Pencil."


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  2. Binder, Georges (August 25, 2006). 101 of the World's Tallest Buildings. Images Publishing Dist A/C. p. 154. ISBN 978-1864701739.
  3. "MesseTurm". Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  4. "Commerzbank Tower". Free Base. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.