The new building of the reception area is part of a new conception of the museum to make the offers and the presentation possibilities more attractive. The reorganized museum becomes a place that connects past, present and future. Max Dudler sees it as a future-oriented laboratory that, with its multitude of exhibits, offers an understanding of the railroad‘s success story as well as the region‘s historical identity. The new reception building becomes an architectural manifesto for a new, sustainable era of the railway.The single-storey brick building, which will welcome visitors in the future, blends into the museum grounds with a towering entrance front as a sculptural body. From the flowing transition to the upstream museum platform arises a figure that traces the momentum of the surrounding tracks in their dynamics. The presence of the architecture is strengthened by the uniformity of the material. Concrete, steel and clinker as the typical materials of historical industrial architecture pick up the echo of the old railway buildings and of the Ruhr area, characterized by heavy industry and perpetuates it into contemporary architecture.
The monolithic-looking tower functions as a radiant signal and at the same time serves as a foyer for the museum. It provides a view into the narrow, elongated museum space, with a large window at one end, offering an open view onto the tracks. The linear and seemingly infinite vista of railway tracks is set spatially in scene here. In the tower, the horizontal axis is reflected in the vertical: the completely empty space, open at the top, directs the visitor’s gaze upwards.
On their way to the entrance to the museum site, visitors walk through the elongated hallway of the new build. Conceived as a gallery its first exhibits are on show. The industrial character of the interior is characterised by rough, exposed concrete walls and visible technical installations that emphasise the linear flow of space.
The oak furnishings, specially designed for the space, form an exciting contrast to the cool feel of the concrete, referencing the material of old railway sleepers.
Project managers. Simone Boldrin, Roberto Aruta
Team: Kilian Teckemeier, Katharina Laekamp, Guido Porta
Construction Supervisation: Vervoorts & Schindler Architekten BDA
Structural Engineers: ZPP Ingenieure AG, Bochum
Structural Engineers: ISW Ingenieur GmbH Schmidt & Willmes, Bochum
Electrical planning: ISW Ingenieur GmbH Schmidt & Willmes, Bochum
Building physics & acoustics: ZPP Ingenieure AG, Bochum
Fire Safety: Hagen Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Essen