Those who know the famous towers of San Gimignano, Florence or Siena must be reminded
of Italy and its impressive architecture when catching sight of the original Schubert & Salzer tower in Chemnitz. In the world of big business, Schubert & Salzer is a small firm but its former machine works building in Chemnitz is a listed cultural industrial monument. Design was already important to the Board, even back in those days.
The famous photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch took around 1,500 industrial photographs of Schubert & Salzer; most of them are today to be found in the museum Ludwig, Cologne.
When Schubert & Salzer in the 1990s moved to new premises in Ingolstadt and Bad Lobenstein, the management worked hard to maintain modern, aesthetically appealing industrial design. Young, local artists worked on the interior of the new building in Bad Lobenstein whilst works from contemporary artists such as Horst Antes, Piero Dorazio,
Rupprecht Geiger and und Georg Karl Pfahler can be seen in the Ingolstadt premises. The worlds of art and work need not be mutually exclusive. Even an industrial environment can be beautiful, if you want it to be.