Industrial architecture

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The Moulin Saulnier, originally a watermill, now part of the Menier chocolate factory in Noisiel, France. Built in 1872, it was the first building in the world with a visible metallic structure.
Volkswagen cogeneration plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, built in 1938 as part of the main Volkswagen factory

Industrial architecture is the design and construction of buildings serving industry. Such buildings rose in importance with the industrial revolution, and were some of the pioneering structure of modern architecture.

Types of industrial buildings[edit]


  • Bradley, Betsy Hunter. The Works: The Industrial Architecture of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Winter, John. Industrial Architecture: A Survey of Factory Building. London: Studio Vista, 1970.