TK Elevator Test Tower

TK Elevator’s lift test tower in Rottweil is one of Germany’s tallest structures at around 246 metres. The structure is used for testing and certifying high-speed lifts. It thus contributes to a significant reduction in the development time of future skyscrapers and those already in the construction phase around the world. But the test tower is more than just a functional building for research and development. A public visitor platform at a height of 232 metres provides a 360° view of the region around Rottweil. This makes the tower the highest visitor platform in Germany.

Germany’s Highest Viewing Platform

In addition to the Industrial Construction Award and the German Engineering Construction Award, the TK Elevator Test Tower also received the 2018 Balthasar Neumann Award, which recognises the exemplary, innovative collaboration of various specialist disciplines on a building that goes beyond technically established standards and, as a result of this collaboration, exhibits outstanding building cultural and technical qualities.

TKT Elevator Thyssen Krupp in Rottweil

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Industrial Building Award, German Engineering Award and Balthasar Neumann Award 2018

This collaboration does not only refer to cooperative partnerships between architects and structural engineers in the realisation of a building design or a traffic route construction project. It also takes into account the cooperation between architects and planning engineers from different disciplines. The Balthasar Neumann Award is intended to fulfil the parameters of sustainable construction. The building submitted for the award must demonstrate the quality achieved through planning in partnership, in the sense of integrated and integral processes. The prize is awarded for successful cooperation in the fields of architecture, structural design and energy/sustainability concept. It will be presented to the planners of each of these three areas as well as to the client.

Construction animation of the tower

In the film above, our project manager Holger Hinz takes us on a tour of the entire building, telling us what makes this project so special for him.

Architecture
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany with Helmut Jahn, Chicago/USA

Object planning
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany
Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2013 − 2014

Construction time
2014 − 2017

Services by Werner Sobek
Design
Object planning
Structural engineering
Facade engineering

GFA
12,005 m²

Client
thyssenkrupp Business Services GmbH on behalf of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG, Essen/Germany

Awards
BIM Award 2018 – Distinction
DAM Award 2019 – Nomination
Balthasar Neumann Award 2018
Industrial Construction Award 2018
German Facade Award 2018 – Finalist
German Engineering Award 2018
The Plan Award 2019 – Special Projects

Photography
Zooey Braun, Stuttgart/Germany
Armin Scharf, Tübingen/Germany
Detlef Berndt, Zimmern/Germany
Rainer Viertlböck, Gauting/Germany
Michael Cesarz

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