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Title: MesseTurm, Foundations for the Tallest Building in Europe

Author(s): G. J. Tamaro and A. H. Brand

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 152


Appears on pages(s): 161-186

Keywords: consolidation; high-rise buildings; loads (forces); piles; mat foundations; settlement (structural); subgrades; Construction

Date: 3/1/1995

The MesseTurm, the tower at the fairground in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is Europe's tallest high-rise building. It is 256 m (840 ft) tall and rests on a combination mat and bored pile foundation bearing in Frankfurt clay. This paper describes the foundation design and construction. Load and settlement monitoring devices were installed; the measurement results obtained during and after construction are presented. The effect of a post-construction 12-m (40-ft) groundwater lowering on the behavior of the foundations is shown.


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