Bernepark Bottrop "Wachgeküsst": Former sewage plant becomes an attraction on the Emscher Island

Sink garden in earth basin with scraper bridge © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Draft plan © 2009 Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Water basin with service building © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Water basin with light art by Mischa Kuball © 2010 Roman Mensing

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Water basin © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Water basin with scraper bridge © 2012 Klaus Tenhofen Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Central square with water feature © 2010 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Central square with earth basin and dike © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Playing on the slope © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Walkable scraper bridge © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Opening of the Bernepark © 2010 Roman Mensing

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Planted earth basin and park hotels on the dike © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Event in the context of the Emscherkunst © 2010 Roman Mensing

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In the sunken garden © 2011 Klaus Tenhofen Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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In the sunken garden © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Swings over the earth pool © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Around the earth basin © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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One of the five Parkhotels © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

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Sink garden in earth basin with scraper bridge © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Draft plan © 2009 Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Water basin with service building © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Water basin with light art by Mischa Kuball © 2010 Roman Mensing

Water basin © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Water basin with scraper bridge © 2012 Klaus Tenhofen Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Central square with water feature © 2010 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Central square with earth basin and dike © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Playing on the slope © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Walkable scraper bridge © 2011 Friedhelm Terfrüchte Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Opening of the Bernepark © 2010 Roman Mensing

Planted earth basin and park hotels on the dike © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Event in the context of the Emscherkunst © 2010 Roman Mensing

In the sunken garden © 2011 Klaus Tenhofen Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

In the sunken garden © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Swings over the earth pool © 2012 Isabella de Medici Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Around the earth basin © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

One of the five Parkhotels © 2011 Peter Davids Davids | Terfrüchte + Partner

Situated at a strategically important location in the east-west green corridor, on the Emscher Island and on the north-south corridor Bottrop- Essen, the site of the former Bernemündung sewage treatment plant in Bottrop has become the focus of attention, and not just since its closure.
The planning and the built BernePark are the result of an intensive participation process in the area of Soziale Stadt Bottrop-Ebel.
The heart of the park is the two 70-metre sewage basins. The earth basin is a terraced sunken garden designed as a "theatre of plants" in close cooperation with the artist team Piet Oudolf, GROSS.MAX.* as part of emscherKUNST2010. The second basin remains as a water basin.

Between the two basins and the plant building, the central square opens up, where the former engine house also stands. Its hedge-framed café terrace is a highly frequented destination on sunny days.

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Planning offices

Planungsbüro DTP Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH
Essen

AFS | Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Generalplaner GmbH

Employees
Klaus Tenhofen
Friedhelm Terfrüchte

Further planners involved
Emscherkunst
Piet Oudolf

Emscherkunst
GrossMax

Emscherkunst
Mischa Kuball

Emscherkunst
Lawrence Wiener und Andreas Strauss

Project period
2009 - 2011

Size
2,9 ha

Construction amount
2,4 Mio. €

Client
Emschergenossenschaft Essen

Address
Ebelstraße 25a
46 242 Bottrop
Deutschland

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Project type
Parks and green spaces
Playgrounds, e.g. at childcare centers and schools
Tourism development and recreation planning
Urban, open space development concepts