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Fagus factory and glass cathedral: first and last industrial building in Gropius in focus

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This is the first major work of the architect Walter Gropius, which he built with Adolf Meyer: the 1911 Fagus factory in Alfeld. The facade with the glass elements hanging from the ceiling has been a style for generations. ">

This is the first major work of the architect Walter Gropius, which he built with Adolf Meyer: the 1911 Fagus factory in Alfeld. The facade with the glass elements hanging from the ceiling has become a style for generations.

Image: Julian Stratenschulte

The anniversary of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus only lasts a few weeks. But 50 years ago, the glass cathedral, designed by architect Walter Gropius and customer Philip Rosenthal, was commissioned on the Bergsteig. It is therefore the perfect time to take the momentum and global attention to modern architecture for the next year.

Tour of Amberg Glass Cathedral

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Amberg is part of an interesting cooperation and exhibition: the first and the last Gropius factory combined. The famous Fagus factory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1946 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, in Alfeld, as well as the Amberg Glass Cathedral, listed as a historical monument since 2003, are visible in the show "The building palaces". It refers to a fundamental demand made by Gropius for the architecture of its industrial buildings.

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Amberg's construction manager, Markus, gave the opening address at the exhibition "Building Palaces – The First and Last Factory of Walter Gropius". In June, the show will take place in Amberg. ">

Amberg's construction manager, Markus, gave the opening address at the exhibition "Building Palaces – The First and Last Factory of Walter Gropius". In June, the show will be in Amberg.

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From November 9 and until April 26, we can see the special exhibition of the shoe factory, conducted by Gropius in 1911 with Adolf Meyer. Amberg's construction consultant, Markus Kühne, opened the exhibition with a lecture on the glass cathedral. It can also be seen in Amberg between June 7th and October 25th.

Price for the glass cathedral

She then goes on an excursion to other Bauhaus towns, such as Dessau and Weimar, or World Heritage cities, which are also concentrated in the area, like the Zeche Zollverein in Essen. "It's a great opportunity for us to be present in one of the most famous modern buildings of an exhibition," says Kühne about the invitation of 39; Alfeld. "This is how the glass cathedral reaches an even wider audience." The fact that the Amberg factory is now evoked in the same breath as the Unesco building "looks like a nobility and a distinction for our building".

Dr. Alfeld, the Amberg delegation explained with them how the responsible management of a monument, which is still in production. "Alfeld is actually a medieval town, but it is perceived by the legacy of modernity," Kühne is fascinated. There, you can very consciously cultivate and preserve the formal treasures of this architecture. A café and a museum invite those interested to discover the work managed by the owner.

It was a daring task to find similarities and differences between the two buildings that, after all, have separated nearly 60 years and two world wars, and present the Oberpfälzer Glaswerk. Kühne explained to the public how the architecture of the glass cathedral works, inter alia, with lighting, quiet areas and ingenious ventilation and cooling. The conclusion of his lecture: "In the glass cathedral, ethics meets the aesthetic." The construction and design of the building were designed from the worker and the product. "Many were surprised, the public did not expect that, after all, the glass cathedral is not understandable."

Tips for the World Heritage Title

Contacts between officials in Alfeld and Amberg should remain close, Kühne said. "You may be able to get advice on subsidies, renovations and the balance between monument problems and current production." But also on how to become a UNESCO World Heritage title. "Even if it remains a long look at the future." However, you have to be confident, says Kühne. After all, the Fagus plant has been declared World Heritage after only 100 years.