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Zollverein Design School

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As the first new building on the grounds of the Zollverein World Heritage site, the Zollverein School will provide ground-breaking impetus for the future transformation of the former industrial complex into a design location with international reach. The building will also enhance the urban planning value of the surrounding districts in the northern part of Essen and the Ruhr. The sharp-edged bright, light grey 34 high cube looks both powerful and lightweight at the same time. The design is characterized by extreme purism. The formal closed appearance of the over-sized cube is broken up by the irregular arrangement of windows. It comprises four storeys (four levels and a rooftop garden) of different ceiling heights. There are few supporting structures and all of the building technology is hidden in the walls and ceilings. As a Far Eastern counterpart to the austere Bauhaus style, the building radiates an almost poetic power.

Jan Moore says:
What Air-conditioning/ventilation mechanisms are used in this building?
architexture says:
Guided tours and visits:
BasM says:
Interesting icon in its environment of the old coal mine, but inside very empty. The wide echo on the ground floor stands for this emptiness. Ground floor accessible at all times / tours through the complete building on the weekends.
Delft, Netherlands 28-Feb-10
Naomi says:
The building has special concept for energy, air conditioning, and ventilation. One particularly interesting feature is the active insulation of the single-layer, exposed concrete façade. A meandering system of pipes through which 28-°C pit water flows is hidden in the concrete wall structure. This meant that the thickness of the outer wall could be reduced by about 20 cm to 30 cm.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 29-Aug-07
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Zollverein Design School
Gelsenkirchener Straße 209
Project is public!
Opening hours There are guided tours on every last Friday in the month at 4 p.m., lasting 1 hour, and will cover all storeys including the roof garden. Costs are € 6 per person. Because guided tours are limited to 20 people, you are kindly requested to register. Please send an e-mail to Visits for groups over 20 people can be arranged separately. The ground floor of the building is open to public form Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Closed on Saturday & Sunday.
How to get there? From Essen central station, use the Tramway 107 and get off at stop “Zollverein”. The nearest airport is Duesseldorf.
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Completion 7- 2006
Client Entwicklungsgesellschaft Zollverein mbH
Project ID 428
Latitude/Longitude 51°29'16N 07°02'53E
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