Skyscraper meets explosives – the end of AfE Tower in Frankfurt

From The Atlantic Cities:

Farewell, AfE Tower, may your cantankerous, lurching elevators and hamster-maze warrens annoy the Germans no more.

On Sunday, demolition crews wired the Frankfurt skyscraper with roughly 2,100 pounds of explosives and hit the boom switch. In 10 seconds, the 381-foot-high Brutalist tower was reduced to a hazy nebula of rubble and drifting dust – remnants of the tallest European building demolition to employ explosives, reports Deutsche Welle.

A chorus of thousands cheered the monumental bone-breaking of one of the city’s most irksome structures. The AfE Tower was built in the early 1970s as part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, but quickly became suspect due to its wonky design: One side had floors that were 1.5 times loftier than the other side, like an architectural version of Two-Face.

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Skyscraper meets explosives – the end of AfE Tower in Frankfurt