Then, out of no where, this beautiful building appears on the horizon. What a change of pace. It's color!
Imagine taking colors from nature, and using them in a building's steel shell instead of stark, unharmonious white or grey.
Here's another cool industrial buiding, a shipbuilding shed at Stralsund shipyard, also in Germany.
Friedrich won the European Steel Building Prize in 1999 for this design. The Schwelgern plant was designed in various shades of green, with parts in blue and yellow. It more harmoniously into its environment – e.g. the landscape on the opposite side of the river, in a way that has generally not been the case in industrial buildings this humongous. (source) I think Europeans are much more willing to embrace color than we Americans.
I don't know about you, but when have you seen such a friendly "inviting" factory before?
Have you seen any buildings in your area that integrate into the environment, or are enjoyable to look at, color-wise?