In the 19th and 20th century new land was developed for the purpose of commercial and industrial usage in today’s Darmstadt area Weststadt which now has an area of approx. eight square kilometres.

Until the 1980s the company Bosch GmbH ran a camera factory on a part of this area. After end of production a new neighbourhood was formed through an agreement with the City of Darmstadt where, because of its central location and closeness to the main train station, living and work should be put into effect simultaneously.

The goal was to create a location on the former premises of the company Bosch which would distinguish itself through its cross-regional importance and enable new workplaces. The result of this agreement is a modern area in which well-known companies like ESA with its European Space Operations Centre have settled down not far from numerous flats.

In the former administrative building of the company Bosch eventually the Technology- and Industrial Centre Darmstadt evolved. Since 1999 the TIZ (Technologie- und Innovationszentrum) serves as an office building and offers companies and young enterprises optimal conditions for a promising future through its services and possibilities for networking.

The owner of the TIZ, which formerly belonged to the Technical University of Darmstadt, is the foundation Giersch in Frankfurt am Main, belonging to the senator honorary professor Carlo Gierisch and his wife, the honorary senator Karin Giersch. A co-operation with the Technical University of Darmstadt still persists.


Herbig, Bärbel: Bosch-Gelände, in: Stadtlexion Darmstadt (, 21.03.2019).

Herbig, Bärbel: Weststadt, in: Stadtlexion Darmstadt (, 21.03.2019).

Sozialbericht Waldkolonie. Beiträge zur Sozialberichterstattung 1/1998. Magistrat der Stadt Darmstadt. Sozialdezernat (, 25.03.2019).

Stiftung Giersch: Stiftung Giersch kauft das TIZ Darmstadt (, 25.03.2019).

Stiftung Giersch: TIZ Darmstadt (, 21.03.2019).

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