Phoenix West

Urban development means more than real estate and district design. Urban development brings together the activities, desires and interests of people, companies and a city. It unites them into a living and liveable whole – economically, socially, sustainably, ecologically and financially. The Phoenix West project in the historic city Dortmund, Germany is urban development in the broadest sense of the word.

For 160 years, the industrial complex of Phoenix West in Hörde has been an icon for both the city of Dortmund and the German steel branch. Developed as the industrial heart of Dortmund, the local economy was based on coal and steel. Profound fluctuations in these industries affected the area for decades, with multiple ups and downs in industry and urban settlement.

Steel production in Dortmund ended with the closure of the Phoenix West factory in 1998 and Phoenix East in 2001. Most of the machinery and buildings were dismantled and sold. Phoenix West remains as a standing monument to the history of the area, and will be an important part of the future as the area transitions to new economy. The vision is a more modern local, mixed use economy based on services, knowledge, technologies and logistics, while respecting the history and DNA of this interesting community.

This is the first step in the direction of the fourth industrial revolution.

Walas will work in close collaboration with the city of Dortmund on the development of these  historic buildings and the Phoenix West area. Work will begin with a new, circular Innovation Centre in the open space in front of the blast furnace. The revitalization of the historic Schalthaus will follow soon after, then the development of the new building, The Fourth Wave, will pass through the blast furnace. This area will be the future home to new ideas in technology, services, farming and innovations, economy and entrepreneurship. PhoenixWest is destined to be a place where people want to live, work and play, filled with local communities, restaurants and businesses, including the new global Earth Embassy.


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spinnerij-oosterveld | 15-10-2018

World of Walas makes waves with Phoenix West

World of Walas made headlines across Europe in August when they announced the redevelopment of the historic Phoenix West project in Dortmund, Germany. Walas CEO and Founder, Gerben van Straaten, hosted German media at the Walas Spinnerij project in Enschede, Netherlands. Over 20 media attended to get a better understanding of the overall work and […]

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projects | 23-08-2018

Walas to redevelop Phoenix West in Dortmund, Germany

The blue wave is coming to Dortmund! World of Walas is proud to announce the redevelopment of the historic Phoenix West area in Dortmund, Germany.

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