Fagus-GreCon is proud to announce that its Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Germany, has been classified as being of UNESCO world cultural heritage value. The decision was made at the 35th meeting of the UNESCO world cultural heritage committee meeting in Paris from June 19-29, 2011.

“Of course we are glad that the efforts we have made over decades to preserve the valuable factory building, designed by Walter Gropius, have been appreciated and now are also honoured by UNESCO”, emphasised Ernst Greten, managing director of Fagus-GreCon and Karl Schünemann, responsible for the handling of the application process.

The Fagus Factory, built in 1911 by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, is considered the original oeuvre of modern architecture. The architects succeeded in creating, for a middle-sized company, an absolutely unusual appearance totally different from traditional designs.

The Fagus Factory will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. Since its foundation the building has been continuously used for production: now, as before, Fagus shoe lasts are still part of the product range but today’s products also include measurement and fire protection systems sold under the GreCon trademark, as well as finger-jointing lines sold under the Grecon Dimter trademark.

Of particular interest is the Fagus-Gropius-Exhibition (opened for EXPO 2000 along with a shop and cafe) situated in the centre of the production halls, which can be visited by everyone.