Colour photograph taken by Wolfgang Sievers features an expansion loop in the low pressure steam pipe with the gantry system containing all of the Power House services feeding into the Emulsion Making Building 2 in the background, Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory complex in Coburg, 1964.

The image is taken looking east along the main road (Biggs Road) which serviced a series of buildings within the factory complex, from the Power House in the east to the Edgars Creek boundary in the west (and after 1976 to the Distribution Centre in Newlands Road). To the right of the photograph is the multi-storey emulsion making section, and to the left is the single storey chemical store and testing laboratory.

All services to the factory buildings were reticulated from a central power house via a gantry system. The plant and layout of the Power House (Building 11) was chosen so as to provide a high degree of energy efficiency and standby capacity. The gantry carried the following services: chilled water at 3ºC for cooling and air conditioning; ethylene-glycol brine at -9ºC for chill rooms, low dew point drying and emulsion chilling; saturated steam at 70Kpa for emulsion heating and air conditioning; saturated steam at 700KPa for emulsion heating; condensate return to boilers; compressed air at 550KPa for machine actuation and instrument controls; electrical cables at 415V 50Hz 3 phase, distilled water and clarified water for emulsion making and testing. The steam, chilled water and brine pipes were all heavily lagged and clad for efficiency and protection reasons. The steam pipes in particular had large loop sections to allow for expansion.

Wolfgang Sievers is widely recognised as one of Australia's most significant architectural and industrial photographers. He pioneered a modernist photographic style influenced by the Bauhaus, and his work celebrates industry and the worker. Sievers was commissioned to document the newly constructed Kodak Coburg plant. He subsequently took several hundred black & white and colour images that highlighted the modern architectural and industrial design features of the complex.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Description of Content

Photograph features an expansion loop in the low pressure steam pipe in the foreground which is part of the gantry system. To left and rear of the image, the gantry system continues with another expansion loop visible. To the rear and right of the image is a single and double storey brick building. A road with a nature strip either side is visible just behind the expansion loop.

Physical Description

Colour photograph printed on medium weight paper, portrait format.

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