The event location of the extra class


Industrial heritage meets modernity.

Since its construction in 2006, the SANAA building has been considered an architectural masterpiece with a groundbreaking energy concept. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa consider it one of their most important buildings.

In the Capital of Culture year 2010, both architects received the Pritzker Prize – the world’s highest award for architects – for this building, among others. It is located in the middle of the Ruhr region in Essen on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein.

The SANAA building in Essen breaks the architectural grid of the former industrial buildings and combines heritage with modernity. The 34-meter-high building has a footprint of 35 x 35 meters. The internal structure is unique, consisting of five levels – four stories plus a roof terrace – each with different room heights.

The 134 window openings appear to be randomly arranged, but are precisely coordinated with the lighting situation inside. They act like frames that make the surroundings appear as momentary cutouts.

Since January 2010, the SANAA building has been used by the Folkwang University of the Arts for representative purposes, lectures, theory classes, and symposia and congresses. It is also the new home of the Folkwang designers with the three study programs Photography, Communication Design and Industrial Design. The Folkwang Agency also rents out the SANAA building to companies and institutions as a high-quality event location.

Be fascinated by the uniqueness of this building as an event location in the heart of the Ruhr area. Discover the spacious rooms for your events. Symposia, conferences, evening events, anniversaries, exhibitions, seminars, product presentations, trade fairs or congresses can be held here. Another highlight is the location on the world heritage site Zeche Zollverein.

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      Possible uses

      134 windows
      for your

      The SANAA building is an outstanding event location on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein in Essen. It offers a wide range of possible uses for events. For example, how about your next continuing education event, a weekend seminar or a specialist conference?

      Use the unique atmosphere for exhibitions or trade fairs! Take advantage of this event location and give conferences or lectures a special setting.

      The 5,000 square meters of floor space, distributed over four floors, can be used very flexibly. There are additional catering areas on all levels – ideal for your event!

      Contact us with your rental inquiry! We will also be happy to advise you on catering, technical equipment and other event planning details.

      The following event formats can be realized in the SANAA building in Essen:



      Design on
      entire line

      SANAA building is a perfectly equipped event location. All the furniture in the SANAA building has been specially selected and assembled for use in the premises.

      Chairs, tables, cabinets, seating groups and lighting elements bear the signature of international designers such as Marten van Severen, Charles & Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Antonio Citterio and Brunner Design.

      This combination of interior design, together with the architecture of this building, forms an elegant and powerful symbiosis – the ideal event location for you!


      Strong partnerships

      We would like to thank the following partners for their successful cooperation:

      • Ministry of Transport of the State of NRW
      • Evonik Operations GmbH
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • DATEV eG
      • E.ON Se
      • Brost Foundation
      • Herta GmbH
      • Business Metropolis Ruhr GmbH
      • Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association
      • DB long-distance traffic AG
      • iDD Initiative of German Design Associations
      • Ruhr Piano Festival
      • IREBS Real Estate Academy GmbH
      • Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany I Daimler AG
      • NEMETSCHEK Deutschland GmbH – Engineering Construction Expert Forum
      • Nordis – Agency for Communication
      • proRuhr Area e.V.
      • ThyssenKrupp AG
      • Vaillant GmbH
      • DekaBank
      • TechTour
      • Actemium Controlmatic West GmbH
      • VVA – United Publishing Distribution
      • WAZ Media Group
      • C.T.I. GmbH
      • TARGO Germany GmbH
      • Onventis GmbH
      • German Energy Agency GmbH
      SANAA Building

      Gelsenkirchener Str. 209

      45309 Essen


      Annika Greskämper


      Joshua Volpert

      Managing Director

      Emilia Hußmann