Blower house, Völklingen Ironworks

(ISO 100, f8 @ 24mm, 5sec., 14:57)

It is impressively silent in the 6.000 squaremeters of this blower house today.
Two massive machines weighing 400 tons each used to blow air into the six furnaces of the iron works while it was still producing. I asked myself what it was like to work here without hearing protection exposed to 90 db of infernal noise in three shifts around the clock.
These days there is a stage in the house and some of the concerts may be as loud as that again.