Gallery: German Hydroelectric Plant Is A Breathtaking Example Of Organi...

 
Your typical hydroelectric plant isn't going to win many architecture awards - industrial or efficiency awards, yes, but not architecture. Nevertheless the Iller Hydroelectric Plant in Kempten, Germany designed by Becker Architekten took home three architecture awards in the last year. Organic in form, the concrete power station is more sculptural than industrial, making a far greater visual impact than some boring old plant. Plus, the project also included the construction of a pedestrian and bike bridge across the Iller River. Who says power plants can't be a thing of beauty?

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  1. lazyreader June 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    The Hoover dam is an architectural masterpiece. The designers applied an elegant Art Deco style to the entire project. It possesses sculpted turrets rising from it’s facade. Artists were hired to handle the design and decoration of the walls and floors of the dam. His name was Allen Tupper True, and he applied Navajo and Pueblo Indian motifs throughout the dams walls and floors. His work was emphasized in a poem by the New Yorker……… “lose the spark, and justify the dream; but also worthy of remark will be the color scheme”

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/HooverDamTrueDesign.jpg

    Another sculptor was Oskar J.W. Hansen designed many of the sculptures on and around the dam. His works include the monument of dedication plaza, a plaque to memorialize the workers killed and the bas-reliefs on the elevator towers.

    Surrounding the base of it’s monument is a terrazzo floor embedded with a “star map”. The map depicts the Northern Hemisphere sky at the moment of President Roosevelt’s dedication of the dam. Acting as a open air time capsule, this is intended to help future astronomers, if necessary, calculate the exact date of dedication.

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