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Coal Washing Plant

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OMA - Rem Koolhaas, Hans Krabel, Heinrich Böll
location Essen
function renovation, museum, industry
contributed by Naomi

After years of cleaning up the buildings, in 2001 the plan started to refurbish and reuse the coal washing plant, and create a special programme for the future Ruhr Museum. Now it houses the Zollverein visitor centre. The entrance presented a particular challenge because there was no main entrance during the period in which the pit was in operation, and it had to do justice to the new usage. The architects designed a new gangway in the open air in front of the building, supported solely by a single v-shaped pillar. With 24.3 m height it’s it the highest open-air moving staircase in Germany. The gangway leads visitors from the plaza to the visitor centre in the foyer at the 24-m level. From here, on their way into the exhibition, guests pass the impressive machinery with screening drums, dosing wagons and jigging sieves, water basins and conveyor belts, to the imposing bunker which was once used for storing raw coal -now opened up and serves as a stairway to the levels below.

rayray says:
at that time when i was there, i even don't know that museum was built by Koolhaas and his team. Just feel that, it's nice with a lot of Archi words. I love that entrance stairs so much and can't stop taking's no stupid...hhh
Dortmund, Germany 14-May-16
BasM says:
Very nicely reequipped cokes factory building. The big scale and roughness are well represented, although this can be experienced better in the nearby Landschaftspark of Duisburg-Nord.
Delft, Netherlands 28-Feb-10
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Coal Washing Plant
Gelsenkirchener Str 181
Project is public!
Opening hours April-November, daily 10.00-19.00. December-March, Sat-Thurs 10.00-17.00, Fri 10.00-19.00. Guided Industrial History Tours available
How to get there? A42 from Dortmund exit 15: Gelsenkirchen–Hessler.Turn left to Katernberg/Stoppenberg. Continue in Katernberger Straße. Turn right into Gelsenkirchener Straße. A52 from Düsseldorf/A40 from Duisburg/Dortmund exit 26: Essen-Frillendorf. Go to Stoppenberg/Katernberg. Turn right into Ernestinestraße. The Zollverein is indicated by brown & white signs. Public transp: 107 culture tram, with 60 cultural sights to see along the way. From Essen Central Station: tram 107 direction Gelsenkirchen HBF.
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Completion 2008
Floor area/size 16000 m2
Main designer, ArchitectOMA - Rem Koolhaas
ArchitectHans Krabel
ArchitectHeinrich Böll
Client Entwicklungsgesellschaft Zollverein
Project ID 512
Latitude/Longitude 51°29'11N 07°02'40E
Contributed by Naomi
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