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#3304 City-Hochhaus (former UNI) - Leipzig (Germany)

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City-Hochhaus is 36-storey skyscraper in Leipzig, Germany. At 142 metres (466 ft), it is the tallest multistory building in Leipzig. The tower was designed by German 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 (TV Tower) in Berlin. City-Hochhaus was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz (Augustus Square), was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the United States investment bank "Merrill Lynch". The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform. The building is nicknamed "Weisheitszahn" (Wisdom Tooth) by locals as due to its form, or after its previous function as "Uniriese" (University Giant).

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