Is it a space rocket ?
Its unique architecture is what, besides the magnificent view, attracts the most.
Once you come closer to the building, it resembles a space rocket, and the original design came from the East Germany architect Hermann Henselmann.
He indeed had a vision to make a piece that should remind of the Soviet Sputnik satellite; colored in red – the color of socialism.
Construction gave some headaches to the engineers, especially with mounting the sphere in place at an altitude of 200 metres.
They finally resolved it with a decision on an univalve construction of a steel skeleton for the sphere.
That segment was prefabricated on the ground and hauled up by cranes – attached to the spherical platform which marks the end of the concrete shaft.
Then, it was suspended on tension ropes, making it appear to be floating.