Tobacco Factory Linz | Future Cities 2014 Ljubljana
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The Tobacco Factory is a new district with a very special position in Linz.

Tobacco Factory Linz

Tabakfabrik Linz
The tobacco factory was designed by Peter Behrens and was the first steel frame construction in style of the “New dispassion”. So the buildings are also very intersting because of the historic architecture. With the tobacco factory, Behrens created a total work of art in meaning of the radical functionalism with about 80.000 square meters roofed floor space. The architect designed not just the buildings, he also designed the furniture of the complex. He is applied to be the artificer of the “Corporate Design”. Human were in the center of his considerations. So he designed and developed a concept in meaning of “Social Design” which also today has a central meaning.

The tobacco factory establishes itself on the four pillars of creativity, social aspects, work and education as the heart of a new thought district. The pertinence of this four pillars for the city of Linz opens itself by the historic consideration. Linz was and is a workers-city, one of the few europe cities with about more workplaces than inhabitants. Economy, trade and industry are flourishing. About the originated financial power of the city it was possible to create a tight network of social facilities. Furthermore in the last years disassembling of educational and research facilities have been accelerated. The business location Linz developed through development of products with high added value. And in the last four decades a tight network on high qualified, public culture institutions and a very active free art and culture scene was built. The year of the european culture capital city marked the visible change to a cultural city.
The four pillars add each other in contents and abstract and they are always working hand in hand.