Ruhr Museum is a great example of adaptive reuse of industrial heritage buildings

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credit: Lloyd Alter

One of the biggest buildings on the site was the coal processing and washing facility. Coal was brought up to the top of the building on giant sloping conveyors for sorting in a bath of water. Dead rock was heavier than coal and would sink to the bottom while the coal would be sieved and separated.

Now the coal is gone but the building has been converted into a museum.

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