Emporis GmbH is a real estate data mining company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The company collects and publishes data and photographs of buildings worldwide.[1][2][3]

Emporis GmbH
IndustryReal estate
HeadquartersHamburg, Germany
ProductsReal estate information

Emporis offers a variety of information on its public database, Emporis.com, located at www.emporis.com.[4] Emporis is frequently cited by various media sources as an authority on building data.[5][6][7][8][9]

Emporis previously focused exclusively on high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, which it defines as buildings "between 35 and 100 metres" tall and "at least 100 metres tall", respectively.[10][11][12] Emporis uses the point where the building touches the ground to determine height.[13] Today, the database has expanded to include low-rise buildings and other structures. It uses a point system to rank skylines.[14]


Michael Wutzke started a website about skyscrapers in Frankfurt in 1996. In 2000 he started skyscrapers.com, which was folded into Emporis in 2003.[15]

In 2004, Stephan R. Boehm assumed the role of Chairman. Wutzke was Chief Technology Officer and managing director until 2010, when he left the company. Since then, Daniel Grözinger and Sven Schmidt are managing directors at Emporis[16]

In 2005 Emporis formed a partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), under which Emporis served as the official CTBUH high-rise buildings database until the launch of The Skyscraper Center in 2011.[17]

In 2007 venture capital firm Neuhaus Partners and KfW Bankengruppe invested several million euro in the company.[18] Effective January 1, 2009, the company moved its headquarters from Darmstadt to Frankfurt. In 2011, the company moved from Frankfurt to Hamburg.

Emporis Skyscraper Award

Also see: Emporis Skyscraper Award.

In 2000 a group of Emporis senior editors began presenting the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Eligible buildings are selected from a list of all buildings in the world at least 100 meters tall which were completed that year.[6][7][19]

See also


  1. Sargisson, L. (2012), Fool's Gold?: Utopianism in the Twenty-First Century, Springer, ISBN 9781137031075, Google describes Emporis.com as the first global provider of building data, the world's databas for buildings
  2. Choice: Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association, Volume 46,Nummers 10-12, American Librsry Association
  3. Craven, Jackie Craven Jackie; Writing, Doctor of Arts in; Architecture, Has Over 20 Years of Experience Writing About; decor, the arts She is the author of two books on home; Design, Sustainable; Poetry, A. Collection of Art-Themed. "Where to Look for Skyscrapers". ThoughtCo.
  4. "Emporis Company Profile". Emporis. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  5. "In the Press". Emporis. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  6. David Wheeldon (2013-01-08). "Gold Coast's DBI Design wins worldwide skyscraper award for Etihad Towers". Infolink Architecture & Design magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-16. Emporis, a global provider of building information, is regarded as an international authority on highrise building design. Nominees and winners are chosen by Emporis editors - architecture experts from around the world...
  7. "Great American Tower Recognized as a Top Skyscraper in the World". Western & Southern Financial Group. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16. Every year since 2000, Emporis’ expert international jury recognizes 10 skyscrapers completed in the previous calendar year. According to Emporis, a panel of architecture experts from all over the world judge nominated buildings based on aesthetic and functional design criteria and then rank them accordingly.
  8. "Emporis Buildings Database Now Available". Galvin Library (Illinois Institute of Technology). April 6, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2019. Dedicated to documenting tall buildings, Emporis is the world’s largest publicly available database on architectural and building data. News, photographs, renderings, and firm data are collected by over 700 editors for more than 50,000 cities worldwide. These experienced authors and correspondents report 24 hours a day on new projects and developments in architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate with a high regard for accurate and reliable information.
  9. Batty, Michael (2013), The New Science of Cities, MIT Press, ISBN 9780262019521
  10. Mehmet Halis Günel, Hüseyin Emre Ilgin (2014), Tall Buildings: Structural Systems and Aerodynamic Form, Routledge, ISBN 9781317690733
  11. "Emporis Standards: high-rise building". Emporis Standards. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  12. "Emporis Standards: skyscraper". Emporis Standards. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  13. "The 10 Different Ways to Measure a Skyscraper's Height". ArchDaily. October 12, 2017.
  14. Grebey, Julie Zeveloff, James. "The 25 best city skylines on the planet". INSIDER. The international building database Emporis attempts to quantify skylines by looking at the number and height of buildings in the world's major cities. The result is an ever-changing ranking of the world's most impressive cityscapes. To rank skylines, Emporis looks at completed skyscrapers (40 floors or more) and high-rises (12 to 39 floors), and assigns each building a point value based on its floor count. Taller buildings receive significantly higher values. TV towers, masts, bridges, and other structures are excluded.
  15. "Emporis Corporate - About Emporis". Emporis GmbH. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  16. "Imprint". Emporis GmbH. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  17. "Web - Database Credits". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  18. "Emporis Completes Multi-Million Euro Financing Round to Drive Growth" (Press release). PR Newswire. September 25, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
  19. "Emporis Awards". Emporis. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
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