• Light Bulb Quarter: Aerial view of Light Bulb Quarter from the north, in the background Osthafen

    Aerial view of Light Bulb Quarter from the north, in the background Osthafen Copyright:euroluftbild.de / Robert Grahn / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

  • Light Bulb Quarter: Vehicle shed designed by architect Alfred Grenader

    Vehicle shed designed by architect Alfred Grenader Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

Light Bulb Quarter

The area known as Light Bulb Quarter, near Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station, is at first glance hard to recognise as a factory site. The structure of buildings and streets strongly resembles the neighbouring pre-1914 tenements. The multi-storey factories and office buildings were built from 1906 for DGA (Deutsche Gasglühlicht AG, engl.: German gas incandescent light company). Thanks to its U-Bahn and rail connections the site was already very well connected, and therefore highly sought-after building land.

After the First World War AEG and Siemens founded OSRAM GmbH and took over both the production and the buildings. During East German times NARVA exported its products to more than 50 countries and added a glass top to the tower. Today the old industrial buildings contain offices and small businesses.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

Light Bulb Quarter in the Berlin Monument Database

Oberbaum City on Wikipedia (German)

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