Fagus Factory in Alfeld is a 10-building complex - began around 1910 to the design of Walter Gropius, which is a landmark in the development of modern architecture and industrial design. It was constructed between 1911 and 1913, with additions and interiors completed in 1925. Serving all stages of manufacture, storage and dispatch of lasts used by the shoe industry, the complex, which is still operational today, is situated in Alfeld an der Leine in Lower Saxony. With its groundbreaking vast expanses of glass panels and functionalist aesthetics, the complex foreshadowed the work of the Bauhaus school and is a landmark in the development of architecture in Europe and North America.

The Fagus factory in Alfeld establishes several major fundamental aspects of modern functionalist architecture of the 20th century, in particular the curtain wall. It constitutes a homogeneous, territorial and built complex, rationally and completely designed to serve an industrial project. It expresses great architectural unity. The scheme is at once architectural, aesthetic and social, and bears witness to a determination to achieve humanist control of the social and aesthetic changes linked to industrialisation. The interior decorative and functional elements are attuned with the architecture and the social project. They represent one of the first consummate manifestations of industrial design.

Fagus Factory has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.

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Founded: 1910
Category: Industrial sites in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Roman Hans (18 months ago)
Admission without tour is currently 7 euros, with tour 12. Without the tour you cannot go inside the factory. Still, the museum is very interesting, and the cafe is great. Plan at least two hours without the tour. There's a market in Alfeld on Saturdays so make it a day trip.
Kristian Borkert (2 years ago)
Wunderful piece of architecture!
Victor Riano (2 years ago)
Built from 1911 to designs by Adolf Meyer and Walter Gropius, the subsequent star architect of the Bauhaus school, the Fagus Factory is widely regarded as the first truly modernist structure. Typical of the Neues Bauen style, the glass and steel facade and the huge, wrap-around corner windows free of supports lend the building an elegant feeling of lightness.
S. Dheina (2 years ago)
Epic building! Bauhaus and really modern in his era. There are museum and also nice restaurant for workers and guest there. Should be landmark for Alfeld!
Md Sadiq (3 years ago)
The Meeting of the MODEUROP Colour Club for the Spring Summer 2019 season was held here at this UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Historical building and a wonderful museum. Important place for the Shoe Industry as the Shoe Lasts are manufactured here.
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