Gläserne VW-Manufaktur, Dresden, Germany

A car factory as high-tech event

The Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden is the second spectacular project by Gunter Henn, designer of the outstanding ‘Autostadt’ in Wolfsburg, for the Volkswagen Group. Since its opening in March 2002, the world’s most modern car factory has been producing the VW Phaeton – right under the eyes of fascinated visitors, who can follow the process along the various production lines through 27,500 m² of soundproofed plate-glass windows. VW is the first carmaker to implement this unique concept in the capital of the German state of Saxony, combining industrial production processes with elements of classic craftsmanship. The 55,000 m² production area is more akin to a high-tech laboratory than an ordinary assembly hall: light, bright and quiet. Parquetry and indirect lighting ensure a pleasant working atmosphere. The use of innovative production and logistics technologies guarantees the highest quality. New kinds of scale belts for individual production lines and special rail systems for environmentally friendly parts transport are among the new facilities that have been built here. Another first for the car industry is the Events Area, an environment that complements the visitor’s emotional experience and caters to guests and clients. A bar and restaurant round out the range of facilties on offer.

But the true landmark of the Gläserne Manufaktur, one visible from far away, stands at a distance from the factory in the Botanical Gardens. Here, architect Gunter Henn built an almost 40 metre-high cylindrical glass tower in which completed vehicles are parked on six floors until picked up for delivery.

The Gläserne Manufaktur’s visionary architecture has set exceptionally high standards in terms of the complex’s look and design. JUNG’s LS 990 range of switches in Stainless Steel match these excellent standards in both form and function.