World Heritage Zeche Zollverein and the Red Dot Design Museum
The Red Dot Design Museum Essen is located on Zeche Zollverein, one of the most important industrial monuments of the 20th century, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2001.
The fascinating atmosphere of the Red Dot Design Museum Essen is exuded especially by the contrast of old and new, of industrial architecture and product culture. Built between 1928 and 1929 by the architects Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer, the former boiler house served as the power house of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex until it was closed down in 1986.
In the mid-1990s, British star architect Lord Norman Foster rebuilt the house for its new purpose as Red Dot Design Museum. The new interior architecture in glass and concrete merged with the old pipework, fittings and steel staircases and thus created a breathtaking, yet inspiring stage for contemporary product design.
The heart of the new domicile, which is often reverently called a “cathedral of industrial culture”, is the "Schürerstand" (stoker's position). Here, one of the most prominent design exhibits is to be seen: the Audi Space Frame, the first full aluminium body of the world is pending with doors wide open from the ceiling of the Schürerstand.
Reduced admission in the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design
Reduced Admission: 4 €
Children under 12: Free admission