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Steam Blower House / Heinrich Böll Architect

  • Architects: Heinrich Böll Architect
  • Location: Bochum, Germany
  • Structural Engineer: Lederhose, Wittler & Partner, Dortmund
  • Mechanical Engineer: PSF, Witten
  • Client: NRW.Urban – Dortmund
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Thomas Mayer

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© Thomas Mayer

This building was originally built as a steam blower house which was part of a huge steel works in the very centre of the city of Bochum. It is one of the few remaining structures of the industrial era.

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The building is situated adjacent to the “Jahrhunderthalle”, a huge industrial hall hosting theater and music performances. The steam blower house serves this big hall as a studio stage and provides storage room for stage equipment.

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The architecture is designed to preserve as much as possible of the original atmosphere. Only a few elements have been added such as a new staircase and a huge glass façade to highlight the big studios.

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