Umweltservice Bochum

ECC EcoCityCenter


aib’s task was to further develop a competition design (Opus Architects, Darmstadt) into a cost-effective and feasible piece of architecture. The main issue here was to achieve a harmonious effect with respect to the complex interfaces of in materials handling technology, the building structure and the technical design of the facades so that the intention of the concept - a clearly structured and elegant industrial complex – became reality.

Technology and Architecture

The ECC in Bochum is one of the most modern waste management centres in Europe. The centre produces high-quality alternative fuels from commercial waste of all kinds which are incinerated for the purpose of producing electricity. In addition non-valuable domestic waste is handled in a bunker. The halls are equipped with picker arms, sorters, shakers and conveyor belts. Their facades are made of two main materials: a 2-metre high apron wall made of pre-fabricated clinkered reinforced concrete elements and a cladding of industrial glass. The predominantly unheated halls have a robust but elegant flair due to their simple design which is reminiscent of industrial complexes from the twenties.

  • Project Info

    Client: Köster AG

    Location: Bochum

    Team aib: Pieter F. den Haan, Martin Heimeier

    aib Services: Detailed Design and Procurement Tendering

    Design: Opus Architects


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