A co-operative project made up of 80 dairy farmers commissioned Martin Schwarz, the local architect, to build a modern dairy. In 1928/29, he carried out this commission in a way surprising in social, functional, lighting and not least aesthetic terms. Today the Arnstadt Dairy is a Classic Modern building monument.
Martin Schwarz designed the dairy under the influence of the Bauhaus formal idiom. The cubic character of the building, the lack of any ornamentation - except long drawn-out lettering and the play of colours of the high-fired brickwork - are just a few of the aspects which make the Dairy a jewel of the Thuringian Modern Movement - despite the fact that Martin Schwarz never taught or studied at the Weimar University.
So the Arnstadt Dairy is one more example showing that the ideas of the Modern Movement also attracted and shaped architects and artists outside the immediate sphere of influence of the Bauhaus.