Steam Blower House / Heinrich Böll Architect

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Architects: Heinrich Böll BDA DWB
Location: ,
Client: NRW.Urban – Dortmund
Project year: 2010
Structural Engineer: Lederhose, Wittler & Partner, Dortmund
Mechanical Engineer: PSF, Witten
Photographs: Thomas Mayer


© 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.

© Thomas Mayer

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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Cite: "Steam Blower House / Heinrich Böll Architect" 16 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
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  • Minh Vu

    Love the atmosphere and that they didn’t just keep the facade and totally alter the interior.

  • Tratp

    This is any architect’s pipe dream!

  • joe biondo

    A fantastic adaptive re use with clear distinction of existing and new intervention. Great work!