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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.

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum in Bochum, Germany by Benthem Crouwel Architects

 
October 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Benthem Crouwel Architects

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German Mining Museum) lies in the heart of the Ruhr Area, in the city of Bochum. The museum is one of the most important mining museums and one of the most popular museums in Germany. The current museum draws around 400.000 visitors annually to its 12.000 square metres of exhibition space.

Image Courtesy © Guido Erbring

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Project: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
  • Location: Bochum, Germany
  • Architect: Iris van Rijk
  • Photography: Guido Erbring, Udo Kowalski
  • Client: DMT Society for Training and Education, and German Mining Museum, Bochum
  • Gross floor area:ca. 1800 m2
  • Start design: 2006
  • Start construction: 2008
  • Completion: 2009

Image Courtesy © Guido Erbring

The new building, a 1.795-square-metre extension, is linked to the existing structure by bridges. The extension houses temporary exhibits (and research presentations) and the existing permanent collection devoted to Saint Barbara, the most important guardian saint of miners.

Image Courtesy © Guido Erbring

The new building reflects a cross-section of a mine: a solid, dark, black cube with illuminated passages and mine shafts. Coal inspired the rough, black surface of the facade. The colour of the passageways ranges from white to light orange and deep red. The building looks like it was extracted straight from a mine. A clearly marked route from inside to outside avoids any dead ends.

Image Courtesy © Udo Kowalski

Image Courtesy © Udo Kowalski

Image Courtesy © Udo Kowalski

Image Courtesy © Udo Kowalski

Image Courtesy © Udo Kowalski

Image Courtesy © Benthem Crouwel Architects

Image Courtesy © Benthem Crouwel Architects

Image Courtesy © Benthem Crouwel Architects

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