It all started 171 years ago in Berlin, in a rear courtyard in Kreuzberg, where Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske founded the company that has long been at home throughout the world. A few decades later, at the end of the 19th century, the “startup” – as it would be referred to today – at Schöneberger Strasse 19 became a corporation that began planning a new, much larger site: Siemensstadt. Siemens was setting out for a “wilderness on the outskirts of Berlin,” as it was called in the company history.
The move took until 1913. A thriving district was created on the Nonnenwiesen with thousands of jobs, residences, cultural and social institutions and, above all, a clear vision in mind: shaping the future – in full accordance with the motto that Werner von Siemens was already writing into his company’s DNA as early as 1854.
There is powerful magic in the words ‘I want,’ if it is meant in earnest and if there’s conviction behind it!Werner von Siemens to his wife Mathilde, 1854
This vision is now going to be revitalized on historical ground. On the company premises in Berlin-Spandau, Siemens AG is planning one of the largest single investments in the company’s history. Over the next few years, up to 600 million euros will be invested in a new working and living environment: Siemensstadt 2.0.
The project covers a 70-hectare area and has an ambitious objective: to transform the largely listed industrial area in western Berlin into a modern, multi-use, urban district of the future. In a collaboration between science and economy, selected key technologies and fields of innovation will be invigorated through on-site encounters between research centers, centers of expertise, and incubators, as well as extramural and scientific institutions and their partner companies. Here, at this important site in company history, all participants will find a new home.
In other words, Siemensstadt will once again be the district in Berlin that attracts people from around the world. But how did it all start? Let’s take a look at the past, which is also a look at the future.
The founding concept behind Siemensstadt in 1897 was to unite working, research and living and thus create an intact symbiosis for a successful future. […] And that's what Siemensstadt 2.0 is all about.Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer at Siemens AG
A full 100 years later, the company is emphatically renewing its commitment to Berlin with Siemensstadt 2.0 and playing a decisive role in creating a location that congenially joins the past and the future – for the benefit of the company, the city and, above all, the people who live here.
Dr. Johannes von Karczewski
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