Rüdersdorf Chemical Factory
This colossus started life in 1899 as a cement factory, before it was taken over and used to produce bauxite vital for the Nazi war efforts. The Soviets took over after the war and the factory found a new lease of life making animal feed phosphates and agrochemicals in the German Democratic Republic. German reunification meant the end, however, as it did for many East German enterprises, and it was finally closed down in 1999.
Lately, the former Chemiewerk has been used for filming music videos (Rammstein), and scenes for films including ‘Enemy at the Gates’ and ‘The Monuments Men’, while the ‘Homeland’ series was trolled by artists asked to produce Arabic graffiti when they wrote ‘“Homeland” is racist’ on walls supposed to be depicting a Syrian refugee camp.