The inspiration in this photo-set is not only the overall location Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Germany that was used as a Coal Mine Industrial Complex from 1851-1986, but also the newly constructed SANAA Gebäude (English: SANAA Building) with its original intent to be used as a place of education. Zollverein School houses its first exhibition, with 11 renowned photographers on show, including Bernd & Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky and many others as part of the RuhrBlicke exhibition (previously covered by me HERE) that runs alongside the Ruhr.2010 Capital of Culture.
The following spread gives insight into surroundings of the building within Zeche Zollverein, the facade, interiors and selected photographs of the above mentioned exhibition.
Sadly, I have not been granted permission to take pictures within the building other than with my iPhone camera (which is fair enough really, seeing that Candida Höfer recently already has)
What's most interesting to me, is the fact that Candida Höfer took photos of the building and its interiors to exhibit within the SANAA Gebäude While it sounds like something that is hard to pull off, she really managed to make it work.