Sulphuric acid factory in Luban | Hans Poelzig | Socks Studio
As an architect and theoretician, Poelzig was particularly interested in developing a language specific for factory buildings : “the true monumental task of contemporary architecture“, in a period when Germany was developing as a major industrialised nation. Whereas Behrens (recent article) metamorphosized his activity during the years, looking for a complete adherence to the changing mythologies of German haute-bourgeosie, Poelzig identified in a sinister neo-Gothic style, the proper setting for his monumental plants.
Already during its construction (in 1910), Poelzig’s project for a chemical factory in Lubań, Poland, was featured in magazine articles, lectures and exhibitions as an exemplary Industrial Architecture. For the manufacturing of the fertiliser a complex of different buildings was needed: a lead chamber, a high tower houses, a kiln house, a tower house, a chamber house, storage sheds and other buildings. Apart from the production plant, Poelzig designed also a building for the administration, a building for the workers welfare, a workshop and an engine house to provide the required energy.
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