Elegant Technology pp. 121-122 (first written 1986)
For 100 years the Fagus Factory has been the production site for model feet. Now the United Nations has recognized the massive factory in central Germany as a landmark architectural masterpiece.
A glass-and-steel shoe last factory designed by Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius has become the latest spot in Germany to gain the title of UNESCO World Heritage site.
The United Nations' cultural organization announced Saturday in Paris that the Fagus Factory, located in the central German town of Alfeld, would join the list of World Heritage sites - which includes such structures as the Pyramids of Giza and the Statue of Liberty.
The factory, constructed from 1911 to 1925, is a "landmark in the development of modern architecture and industrial design," UNESCO said in a statement.
The statement said the complex, which still produces model feet for shoemakers, "foreshadowed the work of the Bauhaus school and is a landmark in the development of architecture in Europe and North America." more