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Coal Washing Plant
OMA

August 07, 2006 /

Essen, Germany

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The Coal Washing Plant is part of the Zollverein Mining Complex, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Center in December 2001.

The concept for the conversion of the Coal Washing Plant was drawn up in close collaboration with the curators and future users. It meets the highest architectural, climatic and safety requirements.

The draft is based on the existing buildings on the one hand and the spatial programs of the future users on the other.

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The organisational core will be the Visitors Center at a height of 24 meters. After riding the 60-meter long escalator, leading through a "gangway" made of glass, visitors will reach the foyer high above the roofs of Zollverein, with a bird's-eye view of the colliery.

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The huge machines of the coal washing plant, representing monuments of work, are part of the conversion concept.

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In contrast to the Visitor Center the exhibition areas, located underneath the 24-meter level, are not marked by machinery, but by the existing architecture.

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The new RuhrMuseum, a cultural-historical museum for the entire Ruhr Region, is also be located in the former Coal Washing Plant.

The design exhibition ENTRY 2006, currently being installed, will open in the completed part of the Coal Washing Plant on August 26th.

Facts about Coal Washing Plant

Architects:

OMA

Partner-in-Charge:
Rem Koolhaas

Project Director:
Floris Alkemade

Project Team:
Bart Cardinaal
Alex de Jong
Paz Martin
Johan De Wachter

Associate Architect:
Heinrich Böll Architekt BDA DWB Hans Krabel

Client:

Ministry for Culture
Sports and Housing of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) and development company Zech Zollverein

Photographed by Thomas Mayer

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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