The Westend Tower (also known Westendstra e 1 for its address or Crown Tower) is a well-known skyscraper in the Westend of Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. It was completed in 1993 and forms, together with the near-by City-Haus, 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.
At , it is the third tallest skyscraper in Frankfurt and also in Germany. 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 Frankfurts history as the city where German emperors were crowned. The crown faces towards the old part of Frankfurt where the coronations where held at the Frankfurt Cathedral. The 95 tonne steel crown is heated in winter to prevent the forming of icicles which could potentially endanger pedestrians or cars on the street below.
The ground floor is similar to American skyscrapers a large publicly accessible lobby and restaurant.
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.
A sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, called Inverted Collar and Tie is set up in front of the entrance.
The building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is similar in style to a later building by the same architects, 1250 Ren -L vesque in Montreal.
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