(b. 1868, Hamburg, d. 1940, Berlin)

Peter-Behrens-Bau: view from the west

Höchst Industrial Park, Frankfurt

After World War I, Behrens completely reassessed his architectural language and abandoned the stereometric rationality and the classicism of his pre-war work. The I. G. Farben dye-works (1920-24) at Höchst was the most impressive product of his Expressionist phase. With its polychromy, clock tower, belfry and cathedral-like emtrance hall (memorial hall), it was entirely in accord with the self-conscious medievalism that dominated radical architectural theory in Germany in the immediate post-war years.

The photo shows a view from the west to the Behrens building with the tower and bridge.