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Industry Real estate information
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Products Real estate information products
Website www.emporis.com

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.

Emporis offers a variety of information on its public database, Emporis.com, located at www.emporis.com.[1] Emporis is frequently cited by various media sources as an authority on building data.[2][3][4]

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.[5] Today, the database has expanded to include low-rise buildings and other structures.


Michael Wutzke started a website about skyscrapers in Frankfurt in 1996. In 2000 he started skyscrapers.com which was folded into Emporis in 2003.[6]

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[7]

In 2005 Emporis formed a partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), under which Emporis serves as the official CTBUH high-rise buildings database.[8]

In 2007 venture capital firm Neuhaus Partners and KfW Bankengruppe invested several million Euro in the company.[9] 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.[3][4][10]


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  4. 4.0 4.1 "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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Data Standards: skyscraper". Emporis Standards. Retrieved March 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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