INNOVATION HALL, 2004
GEWERS KÜHN UND KÜHN ARCHITEKTEN, BERLIN
In Bochum a former steelworks has inspired a proposal for an "Innovation Hall", intended both to revitalise people's concept of steel and relate the history of its manufacture there. The building represents the future of steel construction and applies construction methods from aviation and shipbuilding. The girders of the primary structure are tubular steel sections; the secondary structure consists of standard rolled sections and supports the building envelope. For the Ruhr region with its strong industrial roots, the project to some extent represents culturally endogenous growth, in contrast to the usual local scenario of consolidation and cut-backs.

Client: City of Bochum
Utilizable Space: 10.300 sqm
Building costs: 24.500.000 €