Tectonic


-Farah Joyner

Kahn’s influence in Europe can be marked through study of specific tectonic elements within each European factory—in particular, basic structure and façade. Through a series of photographic comparisons, it is clear which elements from Kahn’s building system were directly borrowed and translated by architects and engineers abroad.

Structure & Facade

Flat Slab

Clear Span

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1904 – Piquette Avenue Ford Plant, Field, Hinchman & Smith. Chamfered columns

1923- Fiat Lingotto, Giacomo Matte Trucco. Chamfered columns

1904 – Piquette Avenue Ford Plant, Field, Hinchman & Smith. Gravity-fed Fire Door

1931 – Van Nellefabriek, Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, Gravity-fed Fire Door