Industrial history has been written in the location of Frankfurt-Griesheim for 150 years. For example, the fluorescent tube was invented here in a noble gas laboratory at the start of the 20th century.


Before the First World War, engineer Fritz Klatte synthesised the plastics PVC and PVA on the Griesheim site.


Production, storage and office use were a tradition on the site even in the 1930s. The site area belonged to IG Farben group; the products manufactured here went out all over the world.


With the economic upturn of the 1950s, new buildings also emerged in the Fritz Klatte district. The generous floor layout of a new production hall reflects the spirit of the time: functional architecture creates the conditions required for the company Messer Griesheim to produce here for the world market.


In the mid-1970s, modernity arrived on the site. The erection of a fully automated pallet warehouse with adjoining picking hall and docking stations satisfied the then new requirements for modern warehouse management.


Since the turn of the millennium, the Fritz Klatte district has again sharpened its profile. In accordance with the current requirements for high efficiency, a new commercial architecture is emerging. This includes the workshop hall of DEUTSCHE BAHN BUS which, from the Fritz Klatte district, handles all the city bus traffic in the Frankfurt-West region. A hundred metres on, the transformation of a former laboratory complex into an office building in industrial design shows how old and new Zeitgeist come together.


In times of rapid change, industrial monuments demonstrate lasting value – particularly when they are found in the central locations of economic conurbations. The preservation, at least partially, of historic buildings and their integration into modern ensembles of buildings are of central important in contemporary architecture. If this is achieved, unmistakable locations are created, the fascinating history of which remains visible.