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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

St Antony Hütte in Oberhausen, Germany by Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch (designed using ArchiCAD)

October 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

Industrial archaeological Park of Rhineland Industrial Museum

By the end of 2007, the regional authority and the city Oberhausen announced a bounded competition.

The archaeological excavations of St Antony have been realized to make the region accessible to the first blast furnace of the Ruhr. The competition challenge implied to protect these archaeological excavations by a weather barrier and, furthermore, make them tangible by a footbridge.

Febuary 2008, the jury advised to arrange the architects awarded by the first prize, Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch in cooperation with the engineering office Schülke & Wiesmann with further planning.


Front View in Night (Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar)

  • Architect: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch, Essen · Berlin
  • Name of Project: St Antony Hütte in Oberhausen – Cradle of the Ruhr Merge
  • Location: Oberhausen, Germany
  • Awarding authority: LVR Landschaftsverband Rheinland
  • Structural engineer: Schülke & Wiesmann, Dortmund
  • Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar
  • Software used: Graphisoft ArchiCAD

Front View in Night (Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar)

  • Competition: 2008, 1st award
  • Completion: 2011
  • Dimension steel cover: 42/21 m; max. height 8.5 m
  • Project area: 1007 sqm
  • Cubature: 5185 cbm
  • Construction cost: 1.40 m. euro
  • Materials: rib-like shell-structure made of galvanized sheet steel


Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Innovation past and present

In the 18th and 19th centuries St. Antony’s ironwork manufactured cast iron products of outstanding quality. This spirit of dealing with metal was the basic concept for the choise of material for the new roof structure. The roof-shell covers the excavation and essential parts of the archaeological finds.


Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Communicating Industrial archaeology

The eastern or western end enables the visitors to enter the site. Two platforms also collect larger groups and brief on the place’s history. The footbridge made of steel with glass parapets is arranged 80 centimeters above the excavation. Alternately, the bridge is supported by many pillars, which hold essential informations about the place of discovery as well as the illumination.


Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Shelter and Focus

The roofing proceeds by a rib-like shell-structure made of galvanized sheet steel. Its evident geometrical shape and minimal structure focus on the most central theme. The large-scale structure of the roof is a visual character for a special place – the cradle of the Ruhr merge.


Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Images Courtesy Deimel & Wittmar

Elevations and Section

Ground floor plan

Historical Elevation Plan

Site Plan

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