The Bata Factory

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The factory buildings were designed by Vladimir Karfik and Frantisek Gahura. Their design intention was to create a factory footprint identical to all Bata factory sites so that new machinery could be installed in every location with minimal revisions. All factory buildings were built with large windows to maximise the amount of natural light, thus reducing the amount of electric lighting required. As with the urban site at East Tilbury, green space was also valued within the factory environs. Each department had their own garden which had to be well maintained. There were competitions for the best departmental garden.

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