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City-Hochhaus is 36-storey skyscraper in Leipzig, Germany. At 142 m (466 ft), it is the tallest multistory building in Leipzig. The tower was designed by architect Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book, and built between 1968 and 1972. It followed Henselmann's idea to cap central places in cities with a prominent tower, such as the Jen-Tower in Jena and Fernsehturm in Berlin.

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Alternative namesUniriese
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationAugustusplatz 9
Leipzig, Germany
Coordinates51°20′15″N 12°22′46″E / 51.3375°N 12.3794°E / 51.3375; 12.3794Coordinates: 51°20′15″N 12°22′46″E / 51.3375°N 12.3794°E / 51.3375; 12.3794
Construction started1968
OwnerMerrill Lynch
ManagementCRE Resolution GmbH
Antenna spire153 m (502 ft)
Roof142 m (466 ft)
Technical details
Floor count36
Floor area800–850 m2 (8,600–9,100 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectHermann Henselmann

City-Hochhaus was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz, was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch.[5] The building was completely renovated between 1999 and 2002, when it lost its aluminium sheathing which was replaced by grey granite. The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange[6] and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform.

The building is nicknamed Weisheitszahn (English: wisdom tooth) by locals as due to its form or after its previous function as Uniriese (English: university giant).

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  1. ^ "City-Hochhaus Leipzig". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ City-Hochhaus Leipzig at Emporis
  3. ^ "City-Hochhaus Leipzig". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ City-Hochhaus Leipzig at Structurae
  5. ^ Amerikaner kaufen City-Hochhaus Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^[permanent dead link]

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