Economy & Politics

Siemens Energy: straight family tree, crooked roots

Back to the roots! Siemens Energy proudly overwrites the decision to locate the headquarters of the newly founded company in Berlin. The board wants to move into the large ensemble on Huttenstrasse in Moabit. One can understand it: The turbine factory of the architect Peter Behrens from 1909 is considered by connoisseurs to be a turning point in modern building history – a place of historical importance, made to give a story to a newly split off company.

In reality, however, the industrial buildings in Moab have almost nothing to do with Siemens’ roots. It was Emil Rathenau, the famous founder of the long gone general electricity company (AEG), who before the First World War


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