Freeplay in the West of Hamm

Closed down pits and collieries are nothing new to the Ruhr region. In Hamm there is no further need for commercial clusters, science quarters or theme parks on the site of former pits and collieries. The available space is simply too big for the void to be filled by large (and mostly already existing) use concepts. The dynamic development plan divides the colliery site into three zones and, instead of waiting for the one perfect solution, anticipates a series of plans of action starting with an immediate action plan to ensure visitor safety, partial demolitions, new access, interim use and light landscaping. The development of the zones remains sufficiently flexible and open to the possibility of different development speeds and use scenarios. The aim of this dynamic plan is to introduce specific activities which will become attractors for a broad range of uses ranging from energy, culture and leisure to knowledge and commerce.


feasibility study

Commissioned by Hamm Municipal Authority, RAG Montan Immobilien
Project partner De Zwarte Hond, Cologne // Prof. Dr. Guido Spars, Wuppertal // Davids&Terfrüchte, Essen
Project TEAM Philip Schläger, Jörn Gertenbach
timeline 01/2012 - 10/2012