Living monument between architecture and production
The UNESCO World Heritage site Fagus is located in the town of Alfeld in the idyllic Leinebergland. It was built in 1911 by the founding architect and founder Walter Gropius. At that time, the progressive and innovative company founder Carl Benscheidt commissioned the young architect Walter Gropius to build a shoe shoe factory.
The architect succeeded in giving a medium-sized company a completely unusual appearance, different from the traditional one. The Fagus factory represents an architectural concept that took into account the needs of light, air and clarity for the first time, and which used glass and steel in the sense of the new building. The glass and steel construction, as well as the completely seamless glass-enclosed corners, give the building a weightless elegance that was exceptional in factories at that time. The living monument is an architectural treasure, and is regarded worldwide as the source of modern industrial architecture. The factory site has been a registered monument since 1946 and has been extensively restored. In 2011, the Fagus plant, which was privately owned, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For more than 100 years, Fagus shoe slats have been produced in this important industrial building, as well as the GreCON measuring and fire protection systems and Grecon Dimter finger-joint systems. All business units are active worldwide.
Exciting and interesting information about the living monument can be found in the Fagus-Gropius exhibition in the former warehouse in the center of the production facility. On an exhibition space of 3000 m² visitors on eleven floors will learn about the history of the company, the architecture and the restoration of the plant, as well as the shoemaking trends of a century.
Factory tours offer exciting insights behind the scenes of the World Heritage, into the production.
In addition to individual group tours, public guided tours through the Fagus factory are offered every Sunday at 10:30 am.
Pure culture in a special ambience of the factory guarantee selected events such as concerts, readings or lectures. The annual event highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Day on the first Sunday in June and the discovery day of the region of Hanover / Open Memorial Day, the concert of the Niedersächsische Musiktage in September.
The Fagus-Galerie invites you to changing special exhibitions and the Fagus-Gropius-Café in the former machine house to enjoy and linger.
Further information on the Fagus factory