Originally planned as a multifunctional building in the 1920s, the Hans-Sachs-Haus became a strictly structured, six-storey brick building with a ten-storey tower connected at the rear. The Essen architect, Prof. Alfred Fischer, Director of the School for Arts and Crafts in Essen, designed the plans for the impressive building on Ebertstraße. Graphic artist Max Burchartz developed the world’s first colour coding system which could be viewed in the stairwell until 2002. Recent renovation work revealed such severe structural damage that completion has been considerably delayed. Once all the work is finished, the Hans-Sachs-Haus will again reverberate in 2011.