Fagus – Walter Gropius and the factory for modernity

Program: 5. Built on Narrow Land
Year: 2011
Length: 26
Country: Germany
Language: German with subtitles
Directors: Niels Bolbrinker and Kerstin Stutterheim
Premiere: US
Tickets & Showtimes:
10/18@ 6:15

Fagus 320 x 180.jpgWork on the factory commenced in 1911, the plans came from Walter Gropius, who later founded the “Bauhaus”. The owner, Carl Benscheidt, was strongly influenced by the ideas of the “Lebensreform” movement. Their project was to become a turning point in architectural history, and also sent out a signal for the social reform orientated industrial ethic of that time. True to his motto, “Build palaces for the workplace”, Walter Gropius designed not only an ultra modern exterior for the factory, but also, for that time, exemplary working conditions and social arrangements. This in turn was an expression of the paternalistic feelings which Carl Benscheidt had for his staff - an early form of corporate identity, which is still evident today. 

The “Fagus” factory combines the innovations of an emergent modern architecture with a new working ethic and the social responsibilities of the industrialist. 

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