Augsburg hotel tower
Augsburger hotel tower
corn on the cob
|Construction time :||1971-1972|
|Opening:||2nd July 1972|
|Architectural style :||Modern|
|Architects :||Brockel and Müller|
|Use / legal|
|Main tenant:||Dorint GmbH|
|Height :||115.0 m|
|Height to the top:||167.0 m|
|Building material :||Reinforced concrete|
|Building-costs:||38 million DM|
|Augsburg :||1. ( list )|
|Germany :||46. ( list )|
At 115 m (including antenna 167 m) the Augsburg hotel tower is the tallest structure in the Augsburg area and one of the ten tallest structures in Bavaria . It is located in the Antonsviertel not far from the confluence of Imhofstrasse and Gögginger Strasse and was built between 1971 and 1972 at a cost of around 38 million D-Marks. The congress center Kongress am Park (until 2010 Congress Hall Augsburg ) and Wittelsbacher Park are in the immediate vicinity .
The local nickname " corn on the cob " has become established due to its appearance . The hotel tower resembles that of Bertrand Goldberg designed and 1964 finished twin towers of Marina City in Chicago that there also as "corn cob" (corn cobs) are known.
Planning and new construction
The city of Augsburg was originally decisive for the planning and construction of the Augsburg hotel tower. In addition to the newly planned congress hall, a hotel building was also to be built to create an attractive conference center. Since it was supposed to be a privately operated hotel, the city started looking for an investor. The only promise came from Otto Schnitzenbaumer , who with this project set himself the goal of building a “landmark for modern Augsburg” in his hometown. The city of Augsburg agreed and demanded a capacity of 400 beds and completion by July 1, 1972. This was to ensure that the beds were available in good time before the start of the Olympic Games in Munich . The former Augsburger agricultural machinery dealers and Holiday Inn - franchisee commissioned the architect Reinhard Brockel and Erich Müller hotel tower in accordance with the requirements of the city to design and acquired on 29 April 1971 to 3 million German marks from the city a lot next to the Convention Center.
The first plans by the architects showed a 40-meter-high hotel building entirely in accordance with the city's specifications. Schnitzenbaumer, however, questioned the profitability and demanded additional rentable apartments. In several steps it was finally agreed on a height of about 115 meters, whereby the hotel already ended on the 11th floor and the other floors were occupied by apartment apartments. In 1971 the construction companies Thormann & Stiefel , Dywidag and Wayss & Freytag began building the hotel tower. In order to be able to meet the agreed date of completion, only the inner 18-corner for the elevators and stairwells was made of in- situ concrete . The balcony and ceiling elements were manufactured in a specially built precast plant next to the construction site using a rational construction method. The hotel tower grew by one floor a week. Punctually on July 2, 1972, just a few days before the opening of the newly built congress hall, the hotel and the adjacent parking garage then went into operation. The apartment flats were also made ready for occupancy. The total construction costs amounted to around 38 million D-Marks and were mostly advanced by the Hessische Landesbank.
The project met with resistance from some citizens at the planning stage, which continued even during construction. They worried about the cityscape and expressed concerns about the associated interference in the Wittelsbacher Park. Among other things, this led to the founding of the citizens' initiative “Save the Wittelsbach Park”. The protests could not ultimately prevent the construction of the hotel tower and the parking garage, but motivated the city council to look for another location for the exhibition area that was previously in the park in order to obtain additional green space.
In 1974 it became known that the Luxembourg holding company Eurotextile had bought the hotel tower from Johann Nepomuk Glöggler for 50 million Deutschmarks. However, the purchase contract was revoked in February 1976 because the purchase price had not been paid in full. Since Schnitzenbaumer already had financial problems, the tower was put up for auction in 1979 for 35 million D-Marks. However, no buyer was found at this price. In the second attempt on March 5, 1980, the then Landesbank Hessen acquired the property for 20 million D-Marks. They wanted to resell the building in full, but due to a lack of interested parties, it was sold in 328 units. The former hotel part of the tower with restaurant, consisting of the lower eleven and the two uppermost floors and the parking garage, went to the Fürth entrepreneur Franz Lauer. The Klein Group has also owned property units since 1985 and, in addition to selling real estate, operates the first boarding house in Augsburg.
In April 1989, the Swiss group Toga Hotels acquired the hotel wing, whose lease with Holiday Inn expired a year later. The Swiss operator Martin Zoller continued to run the hotel under the name Turm-Hotel , but had to file for bankruptcy in March 1993. The bankruptcy administrator then planned to continue using it as an asylum seeker - or old people's home . Since the city strongly opposed these plans, they were rejected and the 185 hotel rooms remained unused. Some of the rooms on the 13th and 30th floors were used for assisted living by young people from 1994 to 1997 , but this was given up again for financial reasons.
After receivership and auction of the hotel wing was on 8 May 1996 for 20.9 million D-marks to the First National Holding Venezuela the oil company Hertel , who for 7.2 million German marks a three-star vending Hotel named Goodnight wanted to erect. The hotel was to have 108 rooms, and another seven floors were intended to be used as a dormitory for the elderly and the disabled. However, the plans were not implemented over the next few years.
Refurbishment and reopening
In January 2000 the Cologne entrepreneur Herbert Ebertz bought the hotel wing for 12 million Deutschmarks. At the time, Ebertz was the main shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Dorint AG and is a partner in operating companies for hotels and senior facilities as well as managing partner of Dr. Ebertz & Partner Group from Cologne, one of the oldest and largest independent initiators of closed real estate funds in Germany.
After several years of calm, 70 million D-Marks have now been invested in a thorough renovation of the hotel area. On August 1, 2001, the 4-star Hotel Dorint opened with 184 rooms and 315 beds. After the Maritim Hotel Ulm with 287 rooms and 550 beds, it is the largest hotel between Munich and Stuttgart . The head office of the radio station Klassik Radio and Klassik Radio AG moved into the top glass floor . The owners of the living area also invested 2.5 million Deutschmarks, among other things for a new entrance wing with a concierge and the largest video surveillance system in a German residential building. The facade was also renovated together.
The part of the hotel used by Neue Dorint has 11 floors, on which the hotel rooms are located, and conference rooms on the 34th floor. The floors 12 to 33 are occupied by private condominiums. There is no longer a publicly accessible viewing platform.
At the beginning of 2016, the Dorint Hotel Augsburg's real estate fund filed for bankruptcy. As a result, the part of the hotel tower belonging to the hotel was sold to the Berlin company "Hotels by HR", which wants to continue hotel operations.
Since the spatial capacities are no longer sufficient and the Hamburg location is to be relocated to Augsburg at the same time, Klassik Radio AG and its subsidiaries are expected to leave the 35th floor in early 2020 and move to the former Augsburg city archive.
The hotel tower was built in the exposed concrete construction typical of the 1970s . The hotel tower designed by the architects Reinhard Brockel and Erich Müller is now one of the “important buildings of post-war modernism ” in Augsburg.
The hotel tower has an antenna mast on its roof from which FM programs and digital radio ( DAB and DAB + ) are broadcast on behalf of Media Broadcast . In addition, it has cellular and directional radio, as well as a transmitter for mobile Internet connection of ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn ( Railnet ). On 12 and 13 July 2011, the need of renovation 40 m high antenna mast was using a Kamov - helicopter replaced.
On September 13, 2017, the existing antenna was extended by a further 9 meters for the broadcast of DVB-T2 planned from 2018.
Frequencies and Programs
Analog radio ( FM )
In the case of directed radiation, the main radiation directions are given in degrees in the antenna diagram.
|program||RDS PS||RDS PI||Regionalization||
round (ND) / directional (D)
horizontal (H) / vertical (V)
|Southern Bavaria||0.1||D (310–250 °)||H|
|90.1||B5 currently||B5_akt__||D315||-||0.1||D (310–210 °, 240–250 °)||H|
|Swabia||0.1||D (310–250 °)||H|
|98.3||Bayern 3||BAYERN 3||D313||-||0.1||D (310–250 °)||H|
|102.1||BR classic||BR class||D314||-||0.1||D (310–250 °)||H|
Digital radio ( DAB )
DAB is broadcast in vertical polarization and in single-frequency mode with other transmitters.
Other radio services
- Taxi Augsburg e. G.
- Franz Häussler: Augsburg's green island. context Verlag, Augsburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-939645-48-1 , pp. 87-89
- Page of the Dorint Hotel on dorint.com
- Series of images - The hotel tower is a landmark of Augsburg. What life is like in the most extraordinary property in town
- Dorint Augsburg at CTBUH
- Der Spiegel 10/1972
- Kuka is planning the third tallest building in Augsburg. Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, August 9, 2017, accessed on January 21, 2019 .
- Stefan Krog: The hotel tower has a new owner. Augsburger Allgemeine, July 28, 2016, accessed on August 1, 2016 .
- Nicole Prestle: City Archives: Now says the new owner. Augsburger Allgemeine, September 21, 2018, accessed on June 14, 2019 .
- Wolf-Dieter Roth: Classic Radio: The way from classic radio to digital company. Radio scene, June 12, 2019, accessed June 14, 2019 .
- See section Postwar Modernism in Augsburg in the flyer : German National Committee for Monument Protection (Ed.): Won - Lost. Draw? 11th student workshop in Augsburg . German National Committee for Monument Protection, 2016 ( digital copy [PDF; 1.5 MB ; accessed on August 27, 2018]).
- Augsburg: Hotel tower: precision work at a lofty height. In: augsburger-allgemeine.de. July 12, 2011, archived from the original on July 14, 2011 ; Retrieved July 14, 2011 .
- Augsburg hotel tower is growing by nine meters today. In: augsburger-allgemeine.de. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017 .