red dot design museum Essen
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red dot design museum in Essen
The red dot design museum is among the world’s largest exhibitions of contemporary design. Almost 1,500 items are on display in an area covering more than 4,000 square metres.
All prize-winning products go on display for at least one year in the awe-inspiring setting of the former Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.
The building’s imposing architecture lends it the gravitas and grandeur of a museum. This former boiler house of the Zollverein Coal Mine was converted for red dot design to plans by British architect Lord Norman Foster. It is one of the most impressive industrial buildings from the first half of the 20th century and is often reverentially referred to as a “cathedral of industrial heritage”.
The red dot design museum is a mecca for fans of design and architecture and attracts more than 140,000 visitors every year.