The 25 most beautiful factories in the world

Not all industry is ugly. Sometimes factories marry design with functionality and actually enhance the locations in which they stand.

CMMS Software Insight has put together a list of ‘The Top 25 Most Beautiful Factories in the World’.

Of course, lists such as this are never definitive and tend to result in as many arguments as agreements, but the exercise is still worthwhile.

The buildings were judged on a number of criteria, including exterior design, interior functionality, environmental efficiency, and landscape layout.

According to CMMS Software Insight, the factories chosen:

  • Contained some completely distinctive design feature
  •  Won an award or citation for aesthetics
  • Clearly went above and beyond the pure utility required of a factory

The 25 most beautiful factories in the world

1) Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

2) Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory, Dresden, Germany (below)

3) Aerzen Green Building, Coatesville, PA, USA (below)

4) GreenHouse Facility, Holland, MI, USA (below)

5) Olisur Olive Oil Factory, Santiago, Chile (below)

The Full List

  1. Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory
  3. Aerzen Green Building, Coatesville, PA, USA
  4. GreenHouse Facility, Holland, MI, USA
  5. Olisur Olive Oil Factory, Santiago, Chile
  6. BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany
  7. McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, UK
  8. FRABA sp z.o.o., Slubice, Poland
  9. Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Factory, Russia
  10. Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, CA
  11. NPO Energomash Plant, Khimki, Russia
  12. Louisville Slugger Factory, Louisville, KY, USA
  13. Siemens, Amberg, Germany
  14. Anheuser-Busch, Newark, NJ, USA
  15. Guiness Brewery, Ireland
  16. Lockheed Martin Factory at United States Air Force Plant 4, Fort Worth, TX, USA
  17. Rioglass Solar Construction Plant, Lena, Spain
  18. Bang and Olufsen, Struer, Denmark
  19. Paykar Bonyan Panel  Factory, Tehran, Iran
  20. Boeing Manufacturing Site, Everett, WA, USA
  21. Aston Martin, Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK
  22. Nestle Factory, Brazil
  23. Yenidze Cigarette Factory, Dresden, Germany
  24. Shell Factory, China
  25. Intel’s Fab32, Semiconductor Manufacturing Plant, Chandler, AZ, USA

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