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

The “Skywheel” attraction. Image © Gili Merin

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…

Lukas Church Conversion / Heinrich Böll Architekt

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Heinrich Böll Architekt
Location: Essen,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

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

© Christian Richters

Architects: JSWD Architekten, Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 Essen,
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Ardex

Q1, ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Christian Richters

Architects: JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 , Germany
Area: 170,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Günter Wett, Michael Wolff

Day Care ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Thomas Lewandowski

Architects: JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, Essen,
Client: ThyssenKrupp AG
Area: 2,100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Lewandowski

WAZ Media Office Headquarters Winning Proposal / AllesWirdGut

Courtesy of 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 , . 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.

Folkwang Library / Max Dudler

© Stefan Müller

Architects: Max Dudler Architekt
Location: ,
Project Manager: Alexander Bonte
Client: Duisburg branch of the Building and Real Estate Management Authority
Area: 5,603 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield

Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Door & Window Hardware: FSB

Depot and Administration RUHR MUSEUM / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

© Deimel & Wittmar

Architects: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,850 sqm
Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar

Essener Geschichte Archive Building / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

© Deimel & Wittmar

Architects: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 6700 sqm
Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar