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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum

2009

Benthem Crouwel

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum
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.
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. 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.

Client
DMT Society for Training and Education, and German Mining Museum, Bochum
Architect

Benthem Crouwel Architekten
Gross floor area

ca. 1800 m2
Start design

2006
Start construction

2008
Completion

2009