Zollverein is constantly called the most beautiful colliery in the world. Active operations came to an end in 1986. And the area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Besides its attraction to tourists, the Zollverein is one of the most impressive event locations anywhere. There’s a reason why it’s been distinguished multiple times with the Conga Award for "Best Event Location”. From small studios to large trade fair and exhibition halls, more than 40 rooms, halls and buildings are available. The Zollverein Convention is the network of location providers, and would be glad to advise you from one source. But we’d like to give you a closer look at four locations we feel are the most beautiful. Distance: 11 km, transfer duration: approx. 15 minutes.
Some of you will already recognise the Casino Zollverein as one of the region’s best restaurants. But there’s much more to discover in the storey above: the Casino Hall. A spectacular event location for up to 800 persons. 12 metres high, with an operational 25-tonne crane, permanently installed stages, galleries, and professional light and sound technology. Paired with the 20-year experience of the Casino team as a full-service provider. Naturally, the catering comes from the Casino kitchen—with the quality you’d expect from the Casino guaranteed. And what’s more, the Casino can be connected with the red Dot design centre to attract greater numbers of guests. It won’t work—we don’t have it here. See for yourself.
The newest event location in the Zollverein was just opened at the beginning of 2017: the Grand Hall Zollverein. A multifunctional event location extraordinaire, and the first and only “One Stop Location” in the Ruhr Region. The hard facts are impressive: 5,000 m² of barrier-free usable space, event venues from 40–4,000 m² with room for up to 2,500 people. And all of this in the former vacuum and compressor hall, which has been carefully designed with a view to sustainable construction and renovated according to preservation of historical monuments regulations. The space where three machinists per shift used to ensure that gas extracted during coal processing was fed into the network is now occupied by user-oriented event venues equipped with up-to-date digital event and meeting technology. Grand Hall Zollverein—the name says it all!
The SANAA building, planned by the architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, was erected in 2006 and in 2010 received the Pritzker Prize: the highest distinction for architecture in the world. Its interior structure is unique, consisting of five levels and different heights for each room. The 134 window openings seem to be randomly arranged, but are precisely coordinated with the light situation inside. The building boasts a ground-breaking energy concept, for although the walls are only 30 cm thick they contain a 3,000-metre-long system of tubes through which water runs from below, at an almost constant 28 degrees. Besides being used by the Folkwang University of the Arts, the SANAA building is also available for leasing, and can be used flexibly for meetings, exhibitions and seminars of up to 400 people.