1927 – 1928
Architect: German Bestelmeyer
Goethestraße 3, Leipzig
At 43 meters high, the eleven-story, limestone-clad reinforced concrete building is the first high-rise to be erected in Leipzig. It is located on the west side of Augustusplatz.
In the 1926 competition for a high-rise office building held by the Kroch banking house together with the Leipzig City Council, the architect German Bestelmeyer won one of the two second places.
The height of the new tower building, whose ridge height was based on the gable of Paulinerkirche, was very controversial among the population, since the building regulations at this location only allowed a ridge height of 22 meters.
The dispute over the height of the office building, in which the Saxon state government stood behind the developer Hans Kroch and his architect German Bestelmeyer, was finally resolved in a pragmatic manner.
When the building was seven stories high, the missing four floors were added as a model so that the urban planning effect could be checked before final completion.
The decision was finally made in favor of Bestelmeyer’s solution, and the Leipzig Council granted final approval in December 1927.
The high-rise building was erected as a reinforced concrete skeleton structure, with the cladding and structural parts made of shell limestone.
The 3.30 meter tall bell-ringing sculptures on the roof as well as the decorative elements on and in the house were designed by the sculptor Josef Wackerle.
The pediment of the house bears the inscription: Omnia vincit labor (Work overcomes everything).
By 2009, the building had undergone extensive renovation.
In September 2009, the Egyptological Institute, the Ancient Oriental Institute with its library, and the Language Institute of the University of Leipzig moved in. Since June 2010, the building has also housed the Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig.