General view

Part of the facade

General view

Interior with ceiling-high glass partitions

Corner detail inside

Window arrangement from inside

Zollverein School

Gelsenkirchener Str. 209, 45309 Essen

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Entwicklungsgesellschaft Zollverein mbH

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Zollverein School

The building of the "Zollverein School" at the northern access route to Zeche Zollverein consists of a 34 m tall and light cube of exposed concrete. The free and irregular arrangement of window openings of various sizes breaks up the cube’s integrity and removes the mass from the structure, as it were.
You can’t see from the outside how flexibly the building is divided within. Above the ground floor with a foyer, a cafeteria and a lecture hall there are other floors with offices and seminar rooms, studios and workshops.
All in all, the interior is characterised by a lavish atmosphere.
The “active heat insulation” of the homogenous one-layer façade made of reinforced concrete is certainly of note. Previously unused pit water circulates through the 30cm thick exposed concrete through hoses.

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Industrie- und Kulturstandort Zollverein

Architekturpreis der Stadt Essen 2010 (Stadt Essen), Preisträger
Auszeichnung guter Bauten 2006 (BDA Essen), Auszeichnung
Nike für die beste städtebauliche Symbolik 2010 (BDA)
Architekturpreis NRW 2007 (BDA NRW), Auszeichnung

Author: Editorial baukunst-nrw
Last changed on 03.04.2007


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