Present and future: the boiler house at Zollverein.
Tradition: Villa Hügel.

The future drawing upon the past

What started in 1954 with the foundation of "Haus Industrieform" in Essen, with the intention of "facilitating an appropriate design of the environment for the public at large", has developed under the name Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen into a globally recognised qualification and communication centre for industry, politics and society.

Since 1997, it has been based in the former boiler house of Zeche Zollverein, a mine complex included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. There, in the unique architecture of the Red Dot Design Museum - the mine building converted by Lord Foster of Thames Bank - the Design Zentrum presents the present and future of design.