Today, gallery owners, painters, photographers, musicians, freelance artists and numerous other creatives live on the border between the Ruhr region and the Lower Rhine, in the Dinslaken quarter of Lohberg. Amongst them are descendants of fathers who used to work in the mining sector at this very place.
The old Lohberg pit and its development serve as trademark and figurehead of an extraordinary location development, both in magnitude and content: The Creative.Quarter Lohberg is put into the context of a large-scale urban development strategy implemented by the City of Dinslaken, that broke new ground in the planning of the site’s future use with the areal’s owner, RAG Immobilien GmbH. During the deconstruction process, the restoration and development, the existing buildings are available for simultaneous interim usage – a creative way to prevent the terrain’s deterioration with all its negative side effects. The overall aim is the development of a nationally known facility for creativity, innovation and forward-looking housing and economic activity: with gastronomy, leisure and cultural establishments as the pulsating centrepiece amidst an inspiring environment.
Lohberg and Halde become one! During the conversion of the former pit, great emphasis is placed on urban, cultural and social connections reaching out for the surrounding quarters. The growing Creative.Quarter already acts as a powerful cultural stimulus: On the one hand, via the pit building’s creative residents’ work and offers and, on the other hand, through regular guided tours and events such as the ExtraSchicht and other presentations that also involve the Gartenstadt (Garden City) and other quarters.