General information

Tabakfabrik (the Linz tobacco factory) is a heritage-listed industrial complex designed by Peter Behrens and Alexander Popp erected in 1929-1935. As Austria’s very first steel frame building constructed in the New Objectivity style, Tabakfabrik is also of international architectural significance. The entire tobacco factory complex is a work of art – a radical functionalist masterpiece.

For 341 years, textiles were manufactured at this location – and subsequently tobacco. Founded in 1850 as an emergency measure, the tobacco factory came to symbolise economic upturn through progress. In 2001 the British Gallagher Group bought the company and sold it to Japan Tobacco International. The Japanese owners shut down operations in 2009. The City of Linz subsequently repurchased the 38,148 m² factory complex.

This architectural pearl will now be used for a variety of contemporary arts and business purposes – a societal microcosm of the working life and business worlds of the future. This development is overseen by Tabakfabrik Linz Entwicklungs- und Betriebsgesellschaft mbH[1], part of the group of companies operated and owned by the City of Linz.

[1] Translates roughly as “Linz Tobacco Factory Development and Operations, Ltd.”



Tabakfabrik Linz is important not only for Linz’s positioning internationally. According to a study conducted by KMU Forschung Austria[1] and the Linzer Institut für qualitative Studien[2], Tabakfabrik Linz looks set to become the epicentre of Upper Austria’s creative industries.

Sections of the building complex have already been settled by creative professionals: Stairwell A (Building 1); Building 2; Building 3; Brandland; the Kraftwerk [Power Plant] and Lösehalle [the Stemming Hall] are already in use. The temporary use of unused spaces and rooms, for instance for events, allows us to explore what the best use of those particular spaces might be.

The ongoing event management operations and areas already rented out began generating profits as early as in 2014.

[1] Translates as “SME Research, Austria”

[2] Translates as “Linz Institute of Qualitative Studies”