Sails at Nordstern Colliery

Sail installation for an architectural office

Five individual stretch sails from airformance design were installed at the former Nordstern colliery in Gelsenkirchen. The architecture firm based there was thus given a room-sized installation that underscores the workshop character of the space.

The old girder architecture met modern object design through the approx. 5 x 3 m large sails. Based on a design by Dr. Lars Meeß-Olsohn (, the custom-made products were produced by airformance design in Krefeld. In addition to optical aspects, shadowing and attenuation of acoustics were also defined goals of the design.