Deutsches Bergbau-Museum / Benthem Crouwel Architekten

© Udo Kowalski, D-Wuppertal

Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architekten
Location: Bochum,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: Udo Kowalski, D-Wuppertal

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, a German Mining Museum, lies in the heart of the Ruhr Area, in the city of Bochum. The museum is one of the most important mining museums and one of the most popular museums in Germany. Currently, the museum draws around 400,000 visitors annually to its 12,000 sqm of exhibition space.

© Udo Kowalski, D-Wuppertal

The new building, a 1,795 sqm extension, is linked to the existing structure by bridges. The extension houses temporary exhibits (and research presentations) and the existing permanent collection devoted to Saint Barbara, the most important guardian saint of miners. The new building reflects a cross-section of a mine: a solid, dark, black cube with illuminated passages and mine shafts. Coal inspired the rough, black surface of the facade. The color of the passageways ranges from white to light orange and deep red. The building looks like it was extracted straight from a mine. A clearly marked route from inside to outside avoids any dead ends.

First Floor Plan

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Cite: "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum / Benthem Crouwel Architekten" 17 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Bopp

    Or Benthem Crouwel just found out about archdaily, or vice versa.

  • HID

    this is a great and unique museum design !!!!