You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

print article Print article

The Factory Gate - Boundary Architecture

The triumphal arch was a popular inspiration for factory gates in the 1890´s – a victorious monument, built for a conqueror. A simultaneous and often subconscious subject of humiliation accompanies these images, however. Adjacent to the triumphal arches were the much lower gateways for the enslaved folk, through which it was necessary to parade in a stooped defeated position before the eyes of the spectators.

Today, the delivery vehicles roll through the central gateways while the workers must pass through the smaller side entrances where they are forced into queues of single, and thereby, controllable units. The erectors, that is the factory owners, are paid homage to as the emperors of the new age.


This article is taken out of the following magazine:
DETAIL 11/2004

Approaches, Entrances, Foyers

See magazine
Product teaser


Detail Newsletter

We will keep you informed about international projects, news on architectural and design topics, research and current events in our newsletter.