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Zollverein Cultural Centre, Essen

The 1999 master plan envisaged the redevelopment of the disused "Zollverein" coal mine and coking plant that was to be carried out by 2006: After obtaining the status as a "World Heritage Site" the transformation began in 2001 to turn it into a design and cultural centre with four elements: the Zollverein Design School, Ruhr Museum, Metaform and Design Business Park. 

The "World Heritage Site" status enabled it to tap into a variety of funding that was associated with a range of different interests and had to be properly coordinated.

Additional value

  • Use of synergy effects
  • Experienced management for confident project execution

Project data


EGZ Entwicklungs­gesellschaft Zollverein mbH

Project duration:

January 2002 – December 2005

Individual services

  • Project control/overall project control

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