Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

Essen (DE) / Strategic design development based on new lighting, furnishing and space restructuring of the international exhibition and innovation design centre, Essen. Architecture by Fritz Schupp, (1929), rehabilitation by Norman Foster (1996), lighting consultancy by Andreas Fuchs, sound design by Arno P. Jiri Kraehahn / Project 1998


Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

Project 1998


Art Related / Cultural / Civic , Exhibitions / Installations / Performances

Essen (DE)


The Design Zentrum, an exhibition space for objects of contemporary design, is housed in a former industrial building. This concept for museography creates a neutral environment for the object by mitigating the visual force of the historical structure. Skin walls of light that can be adjusted from 0% to 100% compose a lucid exhibition space separate from the impressive historical building. This resulting subtraction alternates the visitor’s regard between these two regions. This concept is also extended to the showcase system.