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A Photographic Journey Through Zollverein: Post-Industrial Landscape Turned Machine-Age Playground

Derelict urban landscapes and abandoned spaces have always attracted adventurous explorers, searching for a peek into the world of a fallen industrial dystopia. That desire can be fulfilled by a visit to the Zollverein complex in Essen, Germany: once Europe’s largest coal mine, Zeche Zollverein was transformed over 25 years into an architectural paradise. Contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and SANAA are included in the 100-hectare park; overwhelming in its complexity, the estate includes rusty pipes, colossal coal ovens and tall chimneys, inviting over 500,000 people per day to gain an insight into the golden age of European heavy-industry.

Join us for a photographic journey through this machine-age playground, after the break…

The Reflective Water Tank at the Coking Factory. Image © Gili Merin The Zollverein School of Management and Design by SANAA. Image © Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Thomas Mayer_Archive

Lukas Church Conversion / Heinrich Böll Architekt

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Q2, ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

WAZ Media Office Headquarters Winning Proposal / AllesWirdGut

Austrian architectural office AllesWirdGut were recently commissioned to build the corporate headquarters of the international WAZ Media Group at their corporate home base in Essen, Germany. With a gross floor area of 36,000 sqm, the architects create a landmark and sustainable business model as shown in their future-oriented concept. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield

  • Architects: David Chipperfield
  • Location: Essen, Germany
  • Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
  • Door & Window Hardware:  FSB

Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield

Depot and Administration RUHR MUSEUM / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

© Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar

Essener Geschichte Archive Building / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

© Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar © Deimel & Wittmar