Zollverein School of Management & Design, Essen Building, Architecture, Architect

Zollverein School Essen : Building, Germany

Ruhrgebeit building, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany design by SANAA

29 Feb 2008

Zollverein School of Management & Design

Location: Essen, Germany
Date built: 2006
Design: SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

Release 29th Feb 2008:

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3rd internet project (interactive video-lecture, 42 min.) + catalogue (DVD)
SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Tokyo): Zollverein School of Management and Design
20 February – September 2008 on www.gaaleriie.net main page

In June 2007, I had the opportunity to see the exhibition of the work of Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA, Tokyo) at Stockholm Museum of Architecture. What particularly impressed me was their method of handling space. I was particularly intrigued as to how their buildings function in real life.

The School of Management and Design is the first new building constructed by SANAA in Europe. The building was completed in summer 2006. In October 2007, when we came to Essen to film the video, the school has a year of “lived experience” behind it. (Wim Wenders, German film director filmed his latest film – The Palermo Shooting – at Zollverein School a week before us.) Our video is based on interviews with people, who were or have been in everyday’s contact with the school.

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In general context the School of Management and Design is a part of former mine Zollverein reviving programme. Zollverein has been a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since December 2001. The revival programme is mainly focused on culture and design. Famous architects were invited to cooperate: Zollverein Master Plan and Museum of Cultural and Natural History were designed by Rem Koolhaas and Floris Alkemade (OMA); Design Center of North Rhine-Westfalia was designed by Sir Norma Foster (Foster + Partners).

Zollverein School of Management & Design – Film Information

cameraman: Toni Laznik
sound: Michal Deliopulos
editing: Anna Ryndová
graphic design: dgú, Petr Knobloch, Tomáš Celizna
programming: Ji?í P?tvaldský
English text corrections: Kevin B. Johnson
curator + production: Alena Hanzlová

we used parts of the following documentary films:
Zollverein School Der Neubau, direction and production Erwin Wiemer
Kohlenwäsche Der Umbau, direction and production Erwin Wiemer
Zollverein Der Film, Zollverein Development Association

Historical Material by the Historical Archive Zeche Zollverein e.V., Zollverein Foundation and Archive Herbert Gunia

photos by:
Simon Bierwald (DZ NRW), Thomas Mayer (Thomas Mayer Archives), Martin Wallbaum (industriedenkmal.de), Nigel Young (Foster + Partners)

special thanks to:
– Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA
– Andreas Krawczyk, SANAA
– Andrej Kupetz, Annekatrin Sonn, Yvonne Daschek, Dorian Seeliger, Zollverein School of Management and Design
– Ute Durchholz, Zollverein Foundation
– Barbara Wendling, Zollverein Development Association
– Ulrich Borsdorf, Regional Cultural and Natural Museum of NRW
– Astrid Ruta, Sabina Schnedler, Design Zentrum NRW, Red Dot Design Museum
– Isabel Pagel (PR), Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
– Alexander Lang, HG MERZ,
– Josephine Cutts (PR), Jade Niklai (Curator of Exhibitions and Events), Foster and Partners
– Erwin Wiemer, Martin Wallbaum

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