WORKS SWIMMING POOL, COKING PLANT, ZOLLVEREIN 2001
DIRK PASCHKE / DANIEL MILOHNIC, FRANKFURT ON MAIN
The Zollverein coalmine in Essen is one of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list. With its strict geometry it was renowned as a marvel of rationalisation. With the swimming pool, temporarily installed at the centre of the coking plant, Daniel Milohnic and Dirk Paschke created a collage, which speaks for itself. This becomes an architectural intervention with a sardonic touch – underlining the present-day transition from back-breaking work to an age of leisure.
The members of the artist’s group Phantombüro have worked with each other since 1996, when they created the Harbour Baths, the precursor of their Works Swimming Pool, in an industrial area in the Frankfurt harbor. The Harbor Baths very soon became a social meeting place, in the midst of urban dereliction.

Client: Kokerei Zollverein Stiftung Industriedenkmalpflege
Utilizable Space: 160 sqm
Building costs: 50.000 €