Industry / Dagan Flour Mills – Ashdod
“Not in pursuit of an architectural idea, but simply guided by the results of calculation (derived from the principles which govern our universe( and the concept of a living organism, the engineers of to-day make use of the primary elements and, by coordinating them in accordance with the rules, provoke in us architectural emotions and thus make the work of man ring in unison with universal order.
Thus, we have the American grain elevators and factories, the magnificent first-fruits of the new age. The American engineers overwhelm with their calculations our expiring architecture.”
From Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier.
The relationship between architecture and engineering cannot be separated, especially in the modern age (1). Industrial buildings, which mainly meet engineering needs, have influenced, more than any other factor, modern architecture in Europe (2) and in Eretz Yisrael (3).
- La Corbusier, “The Engineer’s Aesthetic”.
AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin, Peter Bahrens, 1910. FAGUS
- Factory in Alfeld, Walter Gropius, 1911-25.
- Rutenberg Power Station in Eretz Israel by the architects Mendelssohn, Kaufman, Orell and Zohar, 1921-1942.
Dagan Flour Mills – Ashdod
The flour mill has come a long way since the second century BC, when it was a water-driven mill, using a horizontal milling wheel. The modern flour mill is a technologically complex multi-system project. Many design companies participated in this project, led by the Swiss company Buhler, which designed and supplied the most advanced milling machines and equipment in the world.
The mill produces a variety of flours from different types of wheat and in varying degrees of peeling and milling (whole meal flour, flour for cakes, flour for pasta, semolina and more), as well as various intermediate products of the grinding process.