• Former Knorr-Bremse, Main Works: The imposing tower of the former Knorr-Bremse Works

    The imposing tower of the former Knorr-Bremse Works Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

  • Former Knorr-Bremse, Main Works: The works in 1953, under East German state ownership

    The works in 1953, under East German state ownership Copyright:Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-21120-0003 / CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons

Former Knorr-Bremse, Main Works

The invention of an innovative braking system turned Knorr-Bremse AG into one of Germany’s most important brake manufacturers about 1900. From 1903 the factory in Friedrichshain grew into a giant complex 160 metres long.

As production grew, especially for the railways, the firm needed even more space. So in 1922 the architect Alfred Grenader began building a new main works on a neighbouring site east of the railway tracks. It was connected to the existing buildings by an underpass. The complex with its four striking towers continued operations after the Second World War as the East German VEB Bremsenwerk. After reunification it briefly returned to the ownership of Knorr-Bremse AG, today it is used as an office building.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

Berliner Brakefactory in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

Knorr-Bremse on Wikipedia

 

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