On 16th and 17th September, Messer will be opening its new headquarters in Bad Soden. The German industrial gas specialist has invested around €20 million in the construction of the building complex in the heart of the town in the Taunus.
The new headquarters comprise a five-storey office building, an event centre – the Adolf Messer Forum - with a permanent exhibition on the production and use of gases.
Bad Soden’s historic station building is also part of the new Messer headquarters, it is planned to convert it for catering and event purposes. The three buildings surround the newly created “Messer-Platz”, whose central attraction is a group of stainless steel sculptures created by the German-Dutch artist Ewerdt Hilgemann. The move to the new company headquarters means that the owner, Stefan Messer, has united all the companies of the Messer Group under a single roof.
Heart of the headquarters: The exhibition
In the unique permanent exhibition customers and visitors can learn about the range of activities of the Messer World. This exhibition is designed to present people, brands, products and history, and to breathe life into the experience.
In the lobby of the 4,000 square metre main building, a ceiling-high wall of water provides a reference to the spa town of Bad Soden, with its numerous mineral springs. Another eye-catcher is the Messer Globe. This is derived from the company logo and, with its dynamism, symbolises the international growth of the Messer World.
The adjacent foyer is dominated by an impressive tree-like structure covered in small, white leaves. Closer examination reveals that the leaves are little triangles. Each of these triangles bears the name of one of the more than 7,500 employees worldwide. A new leaf is added for each new member of staff. The sculpture symbolically connects the employees, and at the same time illustrates the contribution each of them makes to the company’s success.
The Group’s extensive product portfolio is represented by a shelf of display cases. 113 very different products – from the Aida cruise ship to the ice-cream wafer to the cylinder head – document the variety of application areas of the industrial gases and production methods of the Messer Group.