Landscape park Halde Norddeutschland, Neukirchen-Vluyn

MOUNTAIN OF STILLNESS

Concept

The former mining tip „Berghalde Norddeutschland” is the biggest tip in the Ruhr region. 18,000,000 t of mining material, deposited in an area of 91 ha, extend to about 18 m in height. In the centre there is a crater-like plateau, made accessible to the public after the mining dump was no longer used.

The design interprets the dump as a „mountain of stillness”. Just a few, targeted interventions transformed the mining tip into an artistic landmark. At the same time, kite flyers, paragliders, mountain bikers and horseriders can find optimum conditions here. A panorama route along the edge of the crater provides visitors and athletes with impressive views into the wide expanse of the landscape.

In the large „inner crater” in the centre of the mining tip, everything else „disappears”: the wide expanse, the sounds, the wind. A place to secretly take a break. The crater for example provides space for concerts, while the steel „hall building”, visible from a great distance, is used for festivities and sports events.

The mining tip can be climbed using an intentionally narrow „stairway to heaven”, cut into the slope. With its precise shape it creates a clear landmark.

Client

Stadt Neukirchen-Vluyn, RVR Ruhr Grün

Project period

2002 - 2009

Size

18.800 m²

Type

Exhibitions & leisure

Location

Germany

Competition

1st Prize „Halde Norddeutschland“, 2002

Realisation

WES & Partner

Partners

Artistgroup Observatorium, Rotterdam (NL)

Photos

Aerial view:
Microsoft Corporation

Pictures, ground plan, sectional and view drawings:
WES LandschaftsArchitektur

Project pictures

Publications

 

 

 

DVD

Das Ruhrgebiet:
Halden und Panoramen

DA Music, 2012

DA Music (Director)

Halde Nord-
deutschland

Project presentation

Book

Oben: Halden-
landschaft
Ruhrgebiet

Klartext-Verlagsges., 2010

Author: Wolfgang Berke +
Manfred Vollmer

Halde Nord-
deutschland

Project presentation

Buch

Über alle Berge:
Der definitive
Haldenführer
Ruhrgebiet

Klartext-Verlagsges., 2009

Herausgeber: Wolfgang Berke

Halde Nord-
deutschland

Haldenführer