In 1897 the rapidly growing Siemens & Halske AG acquired an almost empty site in Spandau. A modern quarter with housing, industry and a new company headquarters sprang up here, directly beside the River Spree. It is said that at times more than 50,000 people were working in the numerous brick factories and office buildings. Siemens AG still uses many of the buildings today, but with a much smaller workforce.
The housing estates were largely built from 1920, and possess World Cultural Heritage status on the basis of their pioneering role. The roughly 10,000 residents enjoy the many green spaces and the high quality of life of the former company homes.
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