Ground-breaking ceremony for VDMA new building in Frankfurt
The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for its members. The existing building and the new building will in future offer an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities.
In the Frankfurt district of Lyoner Quartier (formerly Bürostadt Niederrad), the ground-breaking ceremony for the new building of the VDMA, the largest association of European mechanical engineering, was celebrated today. The building plot is located in the direct vicinity of the existing VDMA building in Lyoner Straße.
"The new building is the VDMA's clear commitment to Frankfurt as a location, whose central location in Europe represents a major advantage for our member companies. The VDMA is thus strengthening its established function as a meeting place for mechanical and plant engineering, the industrial backbone and largest industrial employer in Germany," said VDMA Vice President Karl Haeusgen.
City Councillor Markus Frank, Head of Economic Affairs, Sports, Safety and Fire Brigades, congratulated the association on site and referred to the VDMA's loyalty to the location: "In 1967, the VDMA erected the very first building in this district and was celebrated as a pioneer. The current expansion of the location is therefore impressive proof of the success of the association and the attractiveness of the quarter. All in all, the VDMA headquarters in Frankfurt shows that the representation of interests from here works excellently."
The new building, which was designed by MOW architects, comprises a 6-storey building. The different heights of the two building cubes create a differentiated structure with a roof terrace.
The existing building and the new building are connected by a glazed pergola and a green area. The gross floor area of the new building is 8,700 m².
"The new building will enable us to meet the growing demand for office and conference space and to organise important areas of our association work in an optimised manner. At the same time, existing buildings and new buildings will form an ensemble with an attractive campus character for dialogue and networking activities for our members, employees and visitors", said VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann.
*In picture from left to right: Sven Laux (Head of VDMA Human Resources), Thilo Mack (MOW Architekten), Holger Breiderhoff (Head of VDMA Internal Administration), City Councillor Markus Frank (Head of Economic Affairs, City of Frankfurt), Karl Haeusgen (VDMA Vice President), Thilo Brodtmann (Managing Director of VDMA), Dr. Ralph Wiechers (Member of the VDMA Executive Board), Benedikt Waigand (VDMA Internal Administration).