The sixth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is inhabited by scarce 380,000 people. The cityscape relates ancient and recent architecture with the traditions and history of Bochum as it is recorded in the large book inventory of the Ruhr University’s House for the History of the Ruhr. In Bochum many links can be found between the cultural and creative industrial advancement of the city. The combination of independent developing areas and a pre-existing multiplicity of cultural facilities, catering, as well as already established creative industries offer interesting perspectives.
Against this background, concrete potential space opens up to creative industries in the western central district around the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum and particularly in the Victoria.Quarter with the development area City-Tor-Süd on the compound of the former station Katholikentagsbahnhof.
Promising building potential for a close connection of creative industries exists in form of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum (steam-blower hall, pump house and turbine hall), the cathedral Marienkirche and the neighbouring “Landesbehördenhaus”, the parking deck P8 in the Bermuda3eck (local pub district) and the former hotel Eden. Infrastructural potential is offered by the adjacent living quarters close to the city centre as Griesenbruch.
The development of Bochum towards a cultural location, which has already been equipped with a supraregional mass appeal by established art centres such as the theatre “Schauspielhaus” or the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, is significantly characterised by an expanding cabaret scene, as well. Thus, an ideal breeding ground is given for a further development focusing on theatre (including scientific training and research), as well as music resulting in a remarkable centre and point of attraction in the midst of the Ruhr area.