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Industrial Rooftop

Leipzig Cotton Spinning Mill and the Plant Roof Technique

Accompany authors Asem and Rachel to discover the story of Spinnerei, a large brick building in Leipzig that used to be a cotton mills at the end of the 19th century, which is one of the few still standing, despite the fact that much of Leipzig was bombed during the Second World War. 
How is it that this building was spared from the bombs? There are a number of hypotheses, one of which is that the green roof protected it…

Street in the industrial complex of Spinnerei, Leipzig

The Transformation of Spinnerei: from Industrial Site to Art Centre

The Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany, was once a cotton mill in the 19th and 20th century. Following its closure in the 1990s, the site was abandoned for many years. Today, the Spinnerei has been transformed into a vibrant centre for contemporary art and creative industries. Visitors find dozens of galleries, studios, workshops, and the KINO, an artist-led cinema. In this article, we explore the history of the Spinnerei, its transformation into a creative hub, and the formation of its artist community.