UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Grube Messel

New building of a Visitor Information Centre

Genius loci - the basic design idea derives from the stratification of the oil shale, which is graphically transformed into a layout for the building and the open space.
A platform stage performs as a hint to the mine and offers a panoramic view onto the unique landscape. The circuit starts with the trace of questions, which leads to the exhibition area of the museum. Here visitors can chose between two different ways through the extraordinary landscape of the mine.

Thematic gardens allow visitors to experience development processes and materiality. Different kind of vegetation schemes demonstrate atmospheric conditions, climatic terms, and processes as evolution, succession and progression. A pattern of different habitats is created in the surrounding meadows by change in inclination and soil composition.

  • Location:

    Messel, Darmstadt

  • Client:

    Hessian Ministry for Science and Art

  • Architect:

    Landau Kindelbacher Architekten Innenarchitekten, Munich

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  • Size of site:

    2,5 ha

  • Photographers:

    Jörg Koopmann, München, Jan Bitter, Berlin

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Keller Damm Kollegen GmbH
Landschaftsarchitekten Stadtplaner
Prof. Regine Keller, Franz Damm

Lothstraße 19
80797 München

Tel. 089 248 83 83-0

Geschäftsführer Regine Keller, Franz Damm
Amtsgericht München - HRB 193687

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