forum: terra nova
the building put up on behalf of the RWE energy group on the future mining limit at the hambach brown coal opencast mine serves as an information centre on mining. the idea is to show visitors that brown coal opencast mining does not leave behind a desolate landscape, but rather that the landscape is given a new shape once the brown coal has been depleted. the building stands in direct relation to the future backdrop of large-scale mining. from here visitors can closely follow the mining operation and the dramatic change in the landscape that occurs in the process – which is why the effectively staged view out into the landscape was a top priority when the building was designed. brown coal opencast mining is visualized as a backdrop in all its stages, right up to the reshaped landscape.