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Icon: Fagus Shoe Factory by Walter Gropius

Widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, Walter Gropius’s first large building, the Fagus Shoe Factory in Alfred on the Leine in 1911 was materialized due to his connection with Peter Behrens and in cooperation with Adolf Meyer.
The client’s wish for an attractive facade was solved by Gropius in a special way: by means of a projected steel skeleton, which pulled the function of support to the inside, thereby making possible a broad dissolution of the exterior envelope into glass walls; the idea of the ‘curtain wall’ was at this point first expressed in a consistent manner.
— from Udo Kultermann. Architecture in the 20th Century.

Fagus Shoe Factory, 1911, by Walter Gropius with Adolf Meyer.


Monday, September 29th, 2008


Books: Walter Gropius
Mirrored Pendant Light by Michael Anastassiades

 

2 Responses to
“Icon: Fagus Shoe Factory by Walter Gropius”

  1. Paul Dielemans Says:

    Beautiful! With well taken images!

    t would be wonderful to visit the site!

    Looking at this structure I am reminded of the many buildings Willem Marinus Dudok designed and built in the Netherlands.

  2. Marian Locascio Says:

    I agree.

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