Today’s domicile of the Red Dot Design Museum: boiler house at Zollverein coal mine (from 1997)
The Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex which was abandoned in 1986 was discussed as a potential design location in the early 1990s. As early as 1995, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen carried out a study by examining the possibility of upgrading the Zollverein location to that of a Design Park, and offered itself to be the first renter on that area. From 1995 to 1996, the former boiler house was converted by Lord Norman Foster for its new purpose – the beginning of a new era. On 29 April 1997, the design exhibition opened at the former Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex which was declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO on 14 December 2001 – and with it the former boiler house which houses the Red Dot Design Museum today. Ever since, more than 4,000 square metres of presentation space on five floors provide scope for the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.
Our very own Pär Bergström accepting ’Best of the Best’ with ActSafe’s dapper chaps Magnus Glans and Michael Melin. Photo credit: Red Dot.
Patrik Westerlund, Pär Bergström, Anders Edenhammar (CEO, Easy-Laser) and Carl Hampf. Photo credit: Red Dot.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. Further information available at www.red-dot.de.