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EU funding turned historic landmark into symbol of new era in Germany’s Ruhr region

Now it is a centre for art, education, research and creativity

  • November 08, 2018 21:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Source: Dortmunder U

Dortmund decided to give a new lease of life of the neglected industraial tower in the city centre. The former Union Brewery was turned into a centre for art, education, research and creativity. Its 7 floors now house a cinema, a museum, a library, a laboratory, exhibition spaces for Dortmunds universities and a media arts association. There is also a film installation on the roof, an educational floor for children and teenagers, as well as restaurants and bars.

For a long time, the area around Dortmunds U-Tower suffered from the effects of de-industrialisation, such as vacant buildings and a lack of investment. Today there are few signs of that. One of the reasons for this revival is the conversion of the old brewery tower into a cultural centre.The U-Tower has encouraged creative people and artists to move to the district and shape its new identity.

EU funding turned historic landmark into symbol of new era in Germany’s Ruhr region

Source: European Commission