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On my former posting you could see the shadow of a huge building. Here is the tower that produced the shadow. Now it seems to be a usual office building - but at the time when it was projected and built the situation was completetly different. It was planned to be the symbol of the vigour of socialist Germany, without any respect of the valuable old Thuringian architecture.

The architect of the tower was Hermann Henselmann, one of the most famous architects of the former German Democratic Republic. The idea of a monolithic tower as an "Urban crown" was developed by Bruno Taut, who was city architect in Magdeburg in the 1920s. Construction began in June 1969, in a residential and business quarter spared by the Second World War. The foundation stone was laid on April 30, 1970. Construction took place in sliding scarf building method, and was completed on October 2, 1972 at the original height of 127 meters. The circular tower is a reinforced concrete construction with 2 basements, 3.20 m thick mat foundation and a diameter of 33 meters. In 1999 the building was sold to an investor, who completed a modernization in 2001. At this time, two additional floors and a UMTS antenna were added, and the 28th and 29th floors were converted into a restaurant. At 30 floors and 159 meters, including a spire of 37 meters, the building is the tallest in Eastern Germany, and the ninth-highest in Germany.

Well, the tower would definitely not be built today. The price was too high (destruction of a quarter full of nice old houses) and is too high (since it is dominating over the old town) - but today it is one of the symbols of Jena.

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