A former brewery tower turned into a museum
A former steelwork premises transformed into a business and recreation area with a lake (lake Phoenix): The change of Dortmund’s cityscape goes hand in hand with the structural crisis and industrial diversification from a heavy industrial city towards a service- and technology-based metropolitan area. Dortmund, previously known for "steel, coal, and beer" has turned into a centre of insurance industry and retail services. Here, new industrial branches emerge most often from the area of logistics, information and communication technologies or microsystems technology.
About 580,000 people live in Dortmund with an area of 280 km² the largest city in the Ruhr region. Dortmund offers green surroundings combined with cultural diversity within its vast confines. Aside from flagship projects such as the concert hall Konzerthaus Dortmund or the Dortmunder U enough free space is provided for independent artistic and creative developments. Especially the city centre and the adjoining quarters form an ideal breeding ground for creative activities.
The harbor quarter Hafenviertel and the district Nordstadt in the north attract visitors with their interesting and charming places: The creative hub and former street car shed “Depot”, the music bar “Hafenliebe” and the former bulk carrier “Herr Walter” draw people with events, concerts and exhibitions.
The neighbourhood around the street Brückstraße offers fashion, lifestyle and hip music locations as the jazz club “domicil” – architects, designers and the artsy crowd gather at places like this.
The label “Unionviertel“ comprises the Dortmunder U-tower and the neighbouring area around the Rheinische Straße. It takes part in the regional program of “Creative.Quarters Ruhr” as a place which combines (media) art, creativity, technology, education and lifestyle. The master plan “Kreatives Dortmund” (Creative Dortmund) attributes this area of activity a stimulating effect promoting sustainability for the city itself – and beyond.