索尼耶的磨坊建築是全世界第一棟全金屬骨架的建築，而建築師決定讓金屬與鋼樑外露的創舉，也讓這棟建築更具有建築史上的特殊意義。工廠的第二棟建築是艾菲爾廳，相較於索尼耶的磨坊建築，艾菲爾廳的結構簡單的多：只是利用屋頂提供保護的「傘狀結構」而已。梅尼爾巧克力發展到二十世紀初，品牌需要一棟新的建築物，於是在一九零六至一九零八年誕生了第三棟建築「新巧克力工廠」，但人們多以「大教堂」來稱呼，新巧克力工廠提高「水泥」的地位，同時也向世人宣告梅尼爾這個品牌的企圖心。 From 1870 to 1914, the Menier plant at Noisiel was the biggest chocolate factory in the world. It was also a pioneer in architectural innovation. Its construction in iron and then concrete was intended to symbolise the power and modernity of the company.
The new mill which was built by Jules Saulnier was the first building in the world built on a completely metal skeleton. Architect decided – it was unique at that time – to display the metal of the structure, the great girders at the base and especially the diamond shapes of the braces. This decision made the building a monument.
The second building of factory was called the Eiffel Hall. Contrary to Saulnier's mill, it is a single storey building, a simple hall protected by a roof known as an “Umbrella roof”. With the start of the 20th century, the development of the brand demanded a new building. The official name for the third building, built between 1906 and 1908, was “The New Chocolate Factory”, but everyone called it “The Cathedral”. The new chocolate factory consecrated the triumph of a new material: Concrete and proclaimed the ambitions for the brand.
Each in its own way, tells the story of the golden age of industrial architecture.
■ Saint Pancras Station 聖潘克拉斯火車站
建築師：瑟．吉爾伯特．史考特Sir Gilbert Scott (1811-1878)
建築物徒留外觀、功能不在，但我們仍能從這雄偉的外型中，感受到當時鐵路公司的雄心！ Saint Pancras station, build in London between 1865 and 1873 by the civil engineer William Barlow and the architect Sir Gilbert Scott. Saint Pancras was the ninth station to be built in London. It was still a newly invented architectural model. A great hangar covering 17,000 square metres. A great feat.
At that time, London had twelve railway stations . Each station had its hotel and there was no exception for Saint Pancras station. They were unremittingly competitive. At a time when the trains did not run so frequently, the quality of the services in hotel, restaurant often made all the difference. The Midland had scored with the cast iron train shed and had the same ambitions for the hotel. The Midland Grand was to be the biggest and most luxurious of all the hotels in the capital. Today, the hotel abandoned but the station is still a station and will cater for the Eurostar.
Deprived of its functions, the hotel is just a façade. The monumental mark of a railway company's ambition.
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