Messeturm Frankfurt shines in new splendor
- The city’s landmark reopened: completely redesigned generally accessible areas are once again open to all Frankfurt residents and visitors
- The users of the modernized landmark are sending a clear signal of their commitment: more than 25,000 sq m have been newly leased since construction began
- New energy-efficient overall concept stands for exceptional sustainability
The revitalization of Frankfurt’s Messeturm is complete. A good two years after work began, the symbol of the city now shines in new splendor. More than 100 million euros are being invested in the prominent high-rise building for the spectacular conversion of the atrium, the catering and other publicly accessible areas, and the extensive renewal of the technical systems. Under the leadership of internationally renowned architects, the building, which embodies the city of Frankfurt like no other, has found new attractiveness. Helmut Jahn, who died this year and designed the Messeturm in the 1980s, and the Italian star architect Matteo Thun planned and implemented the project to revitalize the Messeturm together with OFFICEFIRST, the asset manager responsible.
The result is a previously non-existent turning of the building towards its home town. Where tenants and visitors of the companies located in the tower used to stream past the reception area directly to the elevators in a functional entrance hall, today the redesigned atrium with its high quality of stay invites visitors to linger on around 700 square meters of additionally created space. The 18-meter-high glass panes of the new exterior façade of the building base are among the largest curved pane elements in the world and give visitors a spacious, bright and transparent feeling of space. The gastronomy offering integrated on different levels with the lunch restaurant “M.Tower” and the bar “Horizon”, which is also open in the evenings, is also intended to attract Frankfurt residents and visitors to the city in the future.
The users have also sent a clear signal of their attachment to the Messeturm. Since the start of the conversion work, leases for more than 25,000 square meters have already been newly concluded or extended with existing tenants. Well-known companies have chosen Messeturm as their new location for the first time, including Microsoft, Lupp+Partner and the Frankfurt branch of Wells Fargo Bank International UC. Long-standing tenants such as Thomson Reuters, SwissRe International, Premier Inn, Regus, Tata Consultancy Services and the law firms Flick Gocke Schaumburg and Simmons & Simmons have remained loyal to the Messeturm despite the burdens associated with the 2-year construction period and have concluded new long-term contracts, in some cases with significant expansions of space.
In the spirit of forward-looking resource conservation, an energy-efficient overall concept was developed and implemented for the atrium, which is reflected, among other things, in the power-saving LED lighting and the extensive use of green electricity. In terms of sustainability, this is complemented by meter-high trees and plants that were placed in the interior of the atrium and, together with a water wall, create a positive and natural effect on the indoor climate. The lighting design inside is also aimed at creating a pleasant atmosphere. The 15-meter-high building core (also known as the “Laterna Magica”), designed by Matteo Thun and encased in lighting elements, which produces different lighting and lighting effects depending on the external lighting conditions, ensures a pleasant light inside throughout. The equipment, design, quality of stay and user-friendliness thus clearly set the revitalized Messeturm apart from comparable buildings of its kind.
OFFICEFIRST Real Estate GmbH is part of the US investment company Blackstone Group and acts as its exclusive asset management platform for office properties in Germany. Currently, the portfolio under management comprises around 70 properties with a rental area of around 1.5 million square meters, primarily in the six most important German metropolitan regions. The company maintains offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich with a total of more than 80 employees.