Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

HAWE Factory by Barkow Leibinger in Kaufbeuren, Germany

A factory for hydraulic pumps continues the representational German approach to industrial architecture

The German approach to industrial architecture has always tended to the representational, and in valorising the utilitarianism of American factories, the latter were simultaneously reified. Barkow Leibinger’s plant for hydraulic pump manufacturer HAWE seems to continue this tradition, pinwheeling in splendid isolation at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. The plan is justified as an accommodation of the manufacturing process: raw materials enter at the easternmost point and cycle through the stages of prefabrication, production, surface treatment and assembly, to shipping. The saw-toothed roofs and corrugated steel skin are very much in the idiom of industrial exigency, but the use to which these elements are put, the quality of the finish and the central courtyard garden bespeak a much more generous architectural sensibility - none of the ‘air of grudging meanness’ that Banham found in Highland Park.

Click here to read Factory typology here.



Floor plan



Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.