Oscar Niemeyer’s latest work generated a spherical extension for the Kirow plant’s canteen in Leipzig, Germany. The architect was first approached by the factory’s owner in 2011, and following Niemeyer’s death in 2012, his sketches were further developed by assistant Jair Valera, and executed by Harald Kern Architects. The white concrete and glazed sphere, measuring 12 meters in diameter, comprises an upper and lower hemisphere that houses a restaurant and bar. Located at the Techne Sphere industrial complex in the district of Plagwitz, in Leipzig, Germany, the extension is positioned on the top corner of a 19th-century factory used by Kirow, a tram company, and crane manufacturer. With technology taking center stage, the curved addition highlights Niemeyer’s openness to new developments and innovation to realize his visions, according to plant owner Ludwig Koehne.
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