See what made David Lynch fall in love with Lodz (among others): its half-coherent, half-eclectic mix of red-brick, iron-made architecture and richly adorned residences of 19th-century local entrepreneurs. Taken over by artists, hipsters, businessmen and restaurant owners, the postindustrial sites of Lodz have not changed considerably enough to make the city's most famous trail disappear. Actually, with the industrial heritage of Lodz cherished by its current dwellers, you will be surprised with the variety of sensations provided throughout this fantastic one-day thematic itinerary.
: the third-largest city in Poland, famous for its Lodz Film School
, rickshaw-filled Piotrkowska street
and providing the setting for the arguably best Polish novel-based film "the Promised Land"
is. Lodz used to be a promised land indeed; due to the optimal chemical composition of its local waters, it became chosen as the centre of textile industry in this part of Europe
back in the 19th century. Prospective manual labourers rushed to the city en masse in search for work, which made the population of Lodz grow from 4,300 in 1830 to 343,900 in 1905
. With a few dozen factories operating in Lodz in the mid-19th-century, 24 plants are especially mentionworthy due to their size and capacity
. These facilities are what your one-day postindustrial guided tour of Lodz
The postindustrial tour of Lodz will be full of surprises
– you will discover a number of ways its former factories and workshops were used
to serve with their extensive interiors to Lodz current citizens (with Manufaktura as the most outstanding example
of a successful renovation). To name just a couple of factories you will visit, the one once run by Adolf Daube
will expose you to a beautiful architectural mix of red brick and large glazed surfaces
. Built in 1914, it now houses one of blooming business centres of Lodz. The historic EC1 power plant
(early 20th century) has also been modernised to serve as a complex for events and conferences. Its renovated Engine Hall of 1363 m3
will let you see such equipment as overhead cranes, crane rail supports or old tiles kept in their original shape. Upon visiting Ernst Wever's Factory
(1880, 1903), you will see that the place still helps creative designers with the inspirational vast spaces inside. You will find a lot of architectural details drawn straight from the medieval
at the Factory of the Joint-Stock Company of Lodz's Threads Manufacture
where thread has indeed been produced since 1898, and find it hard to believe that Ferdynand Goldner's Factory
(now: a university building) has not been designed as a residential building. Be it the Neo-Renaissance Fryderyk Wilhelm Schweikert's Factory
, medieval-inspired massive textile plant of Ludwik Grohman
(with the famous "Grohman's Barrels"
adorning the entrance), the symmetrical structure of Józef Balle's Factory
, or the representative courtyard of Juliusz Heinzl's Worker's House
, you will never feel like walking around the same generic industrial buildings.
With as distinctive buildings as the towered factory of Juliusz Kindermann
(now: a hotel), classicist Ludwik Geyer's White Factory
(1835-1838, now housing the Central Museum of the Textiles
in Lodz and an open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
), where you will see the original machinery of the era, you will find it hard not to perceive Lodz as a perfect place for architecture freaks to visit
. Filled with warehouses, loft-turned factories
and extensive red-brick complexes of great functionality
(like Karol Scheibler's complex in Ksiezy Mlyn
) where life still goes on, Lodz will expose you to the human factor of the facilities
once built in the name of hard work. The postindustrial aura of the city where artists have replaced manual labourers
inside the spacious plants and factories
, will definitely be something you will never forget!
Interested in following the trail of Lodz hallmarks of postindustrial era? Contact us to explore the red-brick world of the most entrepreneur-friendly city of Poland.