Bike Touring Highlight
Grand Factory Complex: Motors, machines, railroad materials, and electrical appliances – the range of products made at the new AEG location was enormous. Although constructed only a few years apart, there is an unmistakable aesthetic difference between the AEG appliance factory and the New Objectivity architecture of the buildings created by world-renowned industrial designer and architect Peter Behrens. The monumental assembly hall for large machines is especially impressive. Behrens designed just about everything for AEG, including electric tea kettles, office lamps, even the letterhead – all in a uniform style. He is considered the father of corporate design. In 1984 the works was closed and numerous buildings demolished. Those left intact now have landmark status; among other things, the Berlin Innovation and Start-Up Center is located there. The historic main entrance is around the corner, at 107a Brunnenstraße. The so-called “Beamtentor” (Clerks’ Gate), designed by Franz Schwechten, features a cogwheel as a symbol of industry.
May 14, 2019
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