GS&E journal > Repositioning Messeturm – Maximum Transparency


  • Steffen Feirabend Werner Sobek AG / University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
  • Florian Straz Werner Sobek AG
  • Roland Bechmann Werner Sobek AG
  • Stefan Kloker seele GmbH
  • Peter Eckardt seele GmbH
challenging glass conference


The Messeturm (“Trade Fair Tower”) in Frankfurt/Main is currently adjusted to the requirements of a modern office building. The lobby area has been enlarged by a highly transparent façade consisting of oversized insulating glass (IG) units. The IG units are curved and have a size of up to 17 m x 2.8 m. To obtain a perfectly curved façade, the IG units were fabricated with laminated cold-bended glass panes. Horizontally the IG units are supported by tapered stainless steel fins. Inclined steel beams connect the top of the façade fins with the tower structure creating a rounded roof. The vertical façade with its glass roof allows maximum transparency for people inside the lobby as well as for people passing by outside to the nearby trade fair grounds. The glass was fabricated by sedak. The façade was installed by seele on behalf of the owner OFFICEFIRST, the asset-management of Blackstone.





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oversized, laminated, curved, insulated, stainless steel