Throwback Thursday: Fagus Factory

March 24, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks 

I wish that I had more time to post about this building.  The Fagus Factory, by Walter Gropius in 1911, is recognized as one of the very first examples of “modern” architecture.  It was finished almost 15 years before Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroeder House and Gropius’ own Bauhaus- and 20 years before Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.  Contrast this factory with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (and I love the Robie house), which was built about the same time, and it’s easy to see how progressive Gropius’ design is.  Most “modern” architectural designs today can find roots in the vocabulary of this building.


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