Space of Production

Space of Production

Projects and Essays on Rationality, Atmosphere, and Expression in the Industrial Building

An exploration of exemplary industrial structures by Peter Behrens, Félix Candela, Herzog & de Meuron, Albert Kahn, Louis I. Kahn, Robert Maillart, Pier Luigi Nervi, Auguste Perret, Jean Prouvé, and others.




Edited by Jeannette Kuo. With contributions by Alberto Bologna, Juan José Castellón, Jeannette Kuo, and Cédric Libert, and conversations with Jacques Herzog and Frank Barkow

1st edition

, 2015

Text in English only

Hardback (flexicover)

157 pages, 9 color and 208 b/w illustrations and plans

20 x 28.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-88-3


Unhindered by tradition and often out of the purview of public scrutiny, industrial buildings have been fertile sites for architectural experiments following the Industrial Revolution. Driven foremost by pragmatic ambition, it is a typology that generated some of the purest results of integrated design, uniting engineering, expression, and performance in the articulation of constructed space.

This new book investigates spaces of production through seminal projects by engineer-architects such as Robert Maillart, Albert Kahn, Auguste Perret, Pier Luigi Nervi, and many others. The result of research done at tthe École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's School of Architecture, it also includes interviews, essays, and student works.


Also available by the same editor:

A-Typical Plan

Autoren & Herausgeber

Frank Barkow

 is a founding partner of Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin. He has recently taught at the Royal College of Art in London, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),  Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the University of Wisconsin.

Alberto Bologna

 is an architect holding also a Ph.D in history of architecture and town planning. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the Laboratoire de Théorie et d’Histoire 3 of EPFL's School of Architecture.

Juan José Castellón González

 studied architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Architectural Association of London. He was Adjunct Professor of Digital Culture at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) and is currently Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich's School of Architecture.

Jacques Herzog

 is founding partner of the Basel-based firm Herzog & de Meuron. He has been visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1994 and a Professor at ETH Zurich's Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute since 1999.

Jeannette Kuo

 is a founding partner of Karamuk*Kuo Architects in Zürich. She studied at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and ETH Zurich. She is currently also Assistant Professor-in-Practice at Harvard GSD and has taught as a visiting professor at EPFL's School of Architecture 2011–14.

Cédric Libert

 is a Belgian architect, critic, and curator. He studied at ISALL Liège and the Architectural Association in London. He currently teaches at ENSA Versailles and the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.