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The Comb Building combines good practice in conserving technical facilities and reuse by small- and medium-sized companies.

The Grand Hall is an inspiring example of converting a highly contaminated building, which is now one of the top event locations in the Ruhr region.

The Werksschwimmbad art installation creates an iconic facility used by the local community.

The parkour facility exemplifies local community engagement, from the initial proposal by a youth group to the construction of the facility.

The renowned PACT Zollverein centre for contemporary performing arts establishes, together with PACT WerkStadt, a network within the neighbourhood.

Through specific interventions, Zollverein Park provides a huge, green public space for visitors and locals and is part of the new regional cycle trail network.

Industrial history is evoking by guided tours through the preserved above-ground facilities.

Zollverein is an anchor project of the well-established European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

This renowned art and design institution benefits from the industrial ambience at Zollverein, and strengthens both site and district development.

The Ruhr Museum is dedicated to research, information, and education about the entire Ruhr region. Exhibitions on the natural and cultural history of the region are presented in the converted coal washing plant.

The former coking plant is a multi-stakeholder real estate project that meets the demands of sustainable urban development and conservation.


The presented projects are all part of industrial heritage management at the Zollverein site. They exemplify good practice, encompassing a broad panorama of actions. They do not represent all that has occurred within the thirty-year transformation process: many more projects contribute to good practice, while others provide experiences to learn from.


The projects range from small to large, involving top-down and bottom-up approaches, and projects that are more community- or culturally-driven. Art, museums, and industrial tourism are well-known concepts for transforming industrial heritage sites. Furthermore, the selected projects include real estate developments and the establishment of a Folkwang University campus.


The presentation of the projects corresponds to our systematisation. Each project fills the eight criteria of the Good Practice Wheel (Systematisation) with life. The projects demonstrate specific actions taken in accordance with certain criteria, whereby other criteria are part of more common considerations. We present two “criteria highlights” of each project. The project sequence follows our systematisation, the Good Practice Wheel, starting with Conservation and proceeding clockwise.