Falling factories and the drum chamber

These photos by Haiko Hebig were taken in “one of Europe’s deepest workplaces (-1,565m),” the Heinrich Robert Colliery “located in the city of Hamm.”
Unfortunately, they show only the surface workings.

[Image: Haiko Hebig, sliding contacts of the west winding machine].

[Image: Haiko Hebig, DSK Bergwerk Ost coal storage building].

[Image: Haiko Hebig, shaft headgear].

More images of the colliery can be found on Hebig’s site. (Though I still want to see what’s 1,565m below the surface…)
Then there’s the closing of the Phoenix Steel Mill, in Dortmund, and the ensuing demolition of its so-called Hoerde Torch, which Hebig also captured on film.

[Image: Haiko Hebig, overlain images of the torch’s final collapse – other photos show the process in more detail].

[Image: Haiko Hebig, inside one of the blast furnaces, Phoenix Steel Mill, Dortmund].

Before they destroy buildings they should build small bunkers with bombproof roofs beneath those structures; for $1000 you can sit inside the subterranean chamber while the building – a waterfall of masonry – collapses onto your head. You emerge, an hour later, unscathed. Ears ringing.
Home for a sound artist, by the architects at BLDGBLOG.

(Originally spotted by Jill Polsby [thanks!])

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