The company celebrated the building's topping-out with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, the head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Merk, construction workers at the site, neighbors and employees.
The future company headquarters symbolizes Siemens' identity as a cosmopolitan, innovative and transparent company.
"Our new headquarters will be a place where people from all over the world can meet and where the focus is on cooperation," said Siemens CFO Dr. Ralf P. Thomas.
The new headquarters would open its doors and be freely accessible to the general public across large areas of its ground floor. For its employees, Siemens is creating a flexible, inspiring working environment and for Munich's residents an attractive inner city district.
Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter praised the decision to keep the company's headquarters in the heart of the city as reflecting a strong commitment to Munich.
"The plans for the new Siemens headquarters at Wittelsbacherplatz are a prime example of how such an ambitious construction project can be harmoniously integrated into an historic urban ensemble. The publicly accessible company headquarters will link the old city of Munich with its museum district, enabling the new, extremely energy-efficient complex to make a valuable contribution to a sustainable urban development," said Reiter.
The façade work and interior construction will begin immediately after the topping-out ceremony. The new Siemens headquarters are to be completed by the end of 2015. Opening is planned for the spring of 2016.