Railway Museum
Blick über die Gleise
Lang gestreckter Baukörper
Großformatige Fenster
Innenraum Turm
Innenraumperspektive
Grundriss und Schnitt

Railway Museum

LocationDr-.C.-Otto-Straße 191, D-44879 Bochum
ClientStadt Bochum
Building periodUnder execution
VolumeGFA 820m²
ProcedureCompetition 2015, 1st Prize

Founded in 1977, the Bochum Railway Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in Germany. Its historical railway vehicles and listed buildings bear witness to a rich history of technological progress. The new building provides the museum with a clear entrance configuration that directs visitors into the expansive outdoor area. A single-storey brick structure with a dominant, tower-like entrance front, it blends into the surroundings as a sculptural body and, together with the preceding museum platform, generates a form that echoes the dynamism of the surrounding railway tracks. The old railway buildings and the heavy industry of the Ruhr region find resonance in the concrete, steel and clinker brick, which carry it forward in a contemporary architectural expression. The monolithic tower serves as both a foyer and a landmark with a signalling function, directing the view into the narrow, elongated space featuring the first museum exhibits, and opening out onto the tracks via a large window. Exposed concrete lends the interior an industrial character, while the visible technical fixtures emphasise the linear flow of space. In reference to the wood of old railway sleepers, all of the integrated furnishings are made of oak.