City Park Powder Mill Dresden New installation of a civic park on historic grounds

Silhouette waterwheels in the former Weißeritzmühlgraben © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Embedding in the landscape © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Technical site plan © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Playing mill in the mill park © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Main square with silhouette mill wheels, display boards and ground relief © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Display boards on the history of Dresden's mills and the creation of the city park © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Mill Stepping Stones © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

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View of today's energy production © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Energy sources old and new © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Gabion bench with found objects from the Gaben © 2014 Linda Biggs Angela Schüler

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Hidden treasures in the gabion bank © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Detail © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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Metal construction of the company Wolfram Ehnert, Dresden © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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technical detail at the rotating water wheel © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

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miller's coat of arms on the entrance wall © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Great visitor interest before the official opening of the park © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

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Mill game at the former grain house © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Project presentation © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

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great visitor interest before the official opening © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

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Landscape classification © 2014 Angela Schüler

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Spring crocuses replace the water in the former millrace © 2015 Angela Schüler

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Spring crocuses on undulating ground formations mark the water movement below the weir © 2015 Angela Schüler

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Landscape classification with crocus-marked ditch course © 2015 Angela Schüler

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Silhouette waterwheels in the former Weißeritzmühlgraben © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Embedding in the landscape © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Technical site plan © 2014 Angela Schüler

Playing mill in the mill park © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Main square with silhouette mill wheels, display boards and ground relief © 2014 Angela Schüler

Display boards on the history of Dresden's mills and the creation of the city park © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Mill Stepping Stones © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

View of today's energy production © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Energy sources old and new © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Gabion bench with found objects from the Gaben © 2014 Linda Biggs Angela Schüler

Hidden treasures in the gabion bank © 2014 Angela Schüler

Detail © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

Metal construction of the company Wolfram Ehnert, Dresden © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

technical detail at the rotating water wheel © 2014 Ramona Richter Angela Schüler

miller's coat of arms on the entrance wall © 2014 Angela Schüler

Great visitor interest before the official opening of the park © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

Mill game at the former grain house © 2014 Angela Schüler

Project presentation © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

great visitor interest before the official opening © 2014 Rocco Benirschke Angela Schüler

Landscape classification © 2014 Angela Schüler

Spring crocuses replace the water in the former millrace © 2015 Angela Schüler

Spring crocuses on undulating ground formations mark the water movement below the weir © 2015 Angela Schüler

Landscape classification with crocus-marked ditch course © 2015 Angela Schüler

The focus is on the re-excavated Weißeritzmühlgraben and two full-size replica silhouette mill wheels (one of them rotatable) of the former powder mill, which was shut down at the beginning of the 20th century after centuries of black powder production.
After small-scale industrial use, decommissioning in the 1990s and flooding in the wake of the flood of the century in 2002, the site lay derelict.
The history of the Dresden mills and the Weißeritzmühlgraben is presented through various installations.
For example, the course of the Weißeritzmühlgraben is arranged as a stainless steel ceramic plate to walk on in a plaza area that corresponds to the dimensions of the former powder mill.
A blue-blooded seeding of drought-loving herb mixtures and a dense band of spring crocuses represent the former course of the Weißeritzmühlgraben.
The ceramic remains and other "treasures" found during the excavation work are integrated into gabion benches. In addition, there is, among other things, a square area for playing mill, information boards and a "powder forest" of rotten trees (Rhamnus frangula), because the charcoal for black powder was made from the wood of the rotten tree. A birth grove is also planned as a meadow orchard.
The path system opens up previously socially little controlled open spaces and continues the Weißeritzgrünzug Dresden.

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Information on external websitesn

Menschen in Dresden

Dresdens grüner Westen

Stadtwiki Dresden

Planning offices

LANDSCHAFT + DESIGN
Dresden

Employees
Dipl.-Ing. Peggy Thiel

Project period
2006 - 2015

Construction amount
350.000 Euro

Client
Umweltamt Dresden (bis 2013)
Amt für Stadtgrün und Abfallwirtschaft (ab 2013)

Address
Oederaner Straße / Ebert-Platz Dresden
01159 Dresden
Deutschland

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Project type
Parks and green spaces
Squares, promenades, pedestrian areas
Tourism development and recreation planning
Urban, open space development concepts