The Sandberg took a trip to Zollverein a few weeks ago. The German government is trying to boost the town of Essen’s local economy by billing the old mining complex as THE new design destination. With the help of some foreign investments, Essen is supposedly set to become a Dubai 2.0.
A couple of interesting projects have been commissioned, including Rem Koolhaas’ super long lava escalator.
A massive new design department was commissioned for the Folkswang university. Too bad it went bankrupt in less than a year. We took a tour of the empty building and the height of each floor’s ceiling is determined by the importance of the activities performed. Needless to say the design studio is tall enough to fit in three floors. The whole thing kind of reminds of me of this…..