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  7. Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects

Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 January, 2014
Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects
Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects, © Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

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  • Design Team

    Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Augustin Roy-Verger
  • Structural Engineer

    Reto Bonomo
  • Contractors

    Leo Kok, Tiggelovend, Kok (Steel), Gerrie Enninga, Zonlicht (Fabric), Jasper Vandermade (Interior fitting, external wood works), Stefanie Strauß (Garden)
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Text description provided by the architects. The temporary Visitors Center for Emscherkunst.2013 and the Art Camp for local art associations are made from re-used oversea containers which house the different programs. 

© Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

By keeping the layout strictly on ground level and referring to a path through a village, not only the space inside matters, but also the various in between spaces, sheltered by a roof or open air.

© Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

In this way a variety of social spaces are created while keeping the site fully permeable.
Along this path spanning from the visitors center to the art camp and connecting the Rhein Herne canal to the Lindnerstrasse, different activities are plugged in. 

© Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

The journey through this village and the sequence of activities go from rent a bike, information, cafes, shop, cinema towards artist village with art production and education and finally reaching the artist in residence.

© Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

The path itself is defined by the different qualities of the ground: pallets, pebbles, gardens and flower fields. The roof shadows the containers, creates space sheltered from the elements underneath and offers a spatial chromatic experience.


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Cite: "Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects" 26 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/470106/visitor-center-emscher-village-ooze-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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