Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Zollverein + SANAA

I took a day trip to Essen to visit the Zollverein today.  This former coal mine industrial complex is now a UNESCO world heritage site celebrating its industrial significance in European history.  Some of its great halls are now exhibition spaces.  This is my second visit to the Zollverein.  I came here the first time four years ago for the Loveparade in Dortmund nearby.  The monumentality of the Zollverein today is still stunning to me:

SANAA's 2006 minimalist Folkwang Universität der Künste building, which is also on the Zollverein site, make my day trip a double dose of fun:

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