Valeo Factory

  • location: Chrzanów, ul. Europejska 50
  • website: http://www.vlschrzanow.pl
  • outside sightseeing: yes
  • inside sightseeing: no
  • outside photographing: no
  • interior photographing: no
  • authors: Valode & Pistre Architekci
  • authors' website: http://www.v-p.com
  • construction: 2004
  • authors of photos: Paweł Kraus

During the Socialist Republic of Poland, it was common for industrial buildings to be constructed at a grand and sweeping scale, yet at the same time, there were devoid of any aesthetic value. Valeo Factory of automotive lighting is an antithesis of that.

Gradation in the size of the blocks, from the highest structure in the middle of the compound, to lower blocks at the far ends, introduces order in the spatial relationships of the building. At the core is the factory hall topped with the characteristic saw-tooth roof. In the lower sections of the building we shall find the main entrance and reception, offices, conference rooms, laboratories, a cafeteria, and a cloakroom.

The architecture of the factory is defined by the lines of the saw-tooth roof, the steel panels in the elevation – which hint at the industrial character of the building, lots of glass surfaces – allowing for daylight to come in, the semi-open patios – which render the form more dynamic and let the plants in, as well as the steel bris-soleil – creating interesting effects of light and shadow.

The Latin word “valeo” translates to “I am well.” Thanks to the architects, who took care of the employees’ well being at the Chrzanów factory, the brand of automotive equipment benefited too.