The factory in Hamburg- Ottensen, a district in the district of Altona, is considered the first and best-known cultural and communication center in Germany. On June 25, 1971, she was founded by the painter Horst Dietrich and the architect Friedhelm Zeuner in the building of a former machine factory. Horst Dietrich, the support of the Max -Brauer- price 1993, has handed over the management of the factory to Ulrike Lorenz in 2012. The building from the period impressed by its architecture: a high, nave -like space with a wood support structure and surrounding galleries in the two floors, offering a view of what is happening in the hall. For the conversion Friedhelm Zeuner was awarded the Architecture Award of the Hamburg Senate. As a kind of monument to the industrial history can be found on the inlet load an old crane. On the night of 11 February 1977, the factory burned down to the ground, but was built in 1979 according to the old model and using refractory Bongossi wood again.
The factory is for children and youth work, education and politics, readings and discussions, theater and concerts of all kinds
Well-known artists and performers were in the factory as a guest: Absolute Beginner, AC / DC, Tom Astor, The Skatoons, Baden Powell, Bad Religion, Jeff Beck, Chet Baker, The Blues Brothers, Blum field, Eric Burdon, Chris de Burgh, John Cale, Chaka Khan, Miles Davis, Samy Deluxe, Candy Dulfer, Etta James, Jazz Crusaders, Gil Evans, Robert Ford, Gilberto Gil, Dizzy Gillespie, Rigmor Gustafsson, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott Heron, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, Khaled, BB King, Koinonia, Kris Kristofferson, Femi Kuti, LaFee, Lake, John Lurie, Wolf Maahn, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Meat Loaf, Midge Ure, Mikis Theodorakis, Miriam Makeba, Sergio Mendes, Al Di Meola, Meredith Monk, Gary Moore, Mother's Finest, Georges Moustaki, David Murray, Nazareth, Nirvana, Maceo Parker, The Alan Parsons Project, Michel Petrucciani, Puhdys, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Rollins, Dino Saluzzi, Kool Savas, Screamin 'Jay Hawkins, Silly, Nina Simone, Salif Keïta, Sabrina Setlur, spin Doctors, Mike Stern, Al Stewart, Curtis Stigers, Ten Years After, Tommy Emmanuel, Viktoria Tolstoy, Suzanne Vega, Bettina Wegner, Wishbone Ash, Yothu Yindi.
The financial base of the house are revenues from events and catering as well as a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. For their 35th anniversary in the summer of 2006, the factory was transformed into the factory Foundation. The founding of the non - factory foundation is to ensure and promote the multi-layered cultural offerings. In addition, an organization has been established to pool the supporters of the factory.