High-rise buildings are not unusual in the financial metropolis of Frankfurt. Nevertheless, the Opera Tower is a building design that is unique throughout Europe.
170 metres high, 42 floors, 62,500 square metres of floor space, 16 elevators and two escalators: On its site opposite the Old Opera, the Frankfurt Opera Tower replaces Zurich House, built in 1960 and demolished in 2002, and one of the city's first ever skyscrapers. Frankfurt architect Prof. Christoph Mäckler's objective for the design of the new building was to upgrade the urban area, which incidentally resulted in an increase in the size of the neighbouring Rothschild Park.
Instead of glass and metal, Mäckler decided to use Portuguese limestone for the façade design, in order to match the appearance to the adjacent buildings, despite its solitary character.
It is thanks to this design and numerous other energy efficiency measures that the building's energy consumption is almost a quarter less than demanded by energy saving regulations. The Opera Tower was consequently also certified to the LEED gold environmental standard, something of a rarity for buildings of this type in Europe. In addition, the building's 18 metre high and generously dimensioned foyer is regarded as unique.
JORDAHL GmbH supplied hot-rolled JORDAHL® anchor channels JTA to install the elevator guide rails for the Opera Tower elevators.