July 11, 2011
If you visit the sleepy town of Kempten in Southern Germany, you’ll be charmed by its quaint, winding streets, dependably European squares and courts, and traditional (i.e., fabricated) German architecture. But you’d also become bored pretty quickly – that is, till you come across the city’s new hydro-electric power plant.
Completed in November of last year, the Hydro-electric Power Station replaces a mid-century plant and is capable of supporting approximately 3000 households with 10.5 million kilowatt-hours of power per year. The new plant is a far cry from typical industrial architecture: formally radical and spatially engaging, it looks like the product of a collaboration between a sculptor and an engineer.