The SANAA Building
on the grounds of the World Heritage Site Zollverein

The Folkwang University of the Arts’ SANAA building has been in use since January 2010, signifying the fact that Folkwang is now definitively settled in the grounds of the Zollverein World Heritage site. However, it is not only the varied events of the Folkwang itself that take place within this extraordinary architectural structure. The building is also hired out for conferences, exhibitions and other events.

The building’s architecture

Since its inception in 2006, the SANAA Building has been regarded as an architectural masterpiece with a path-breaking energy design. Its architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, consider it to be one of their most significant buildings. In the ‘Capital of Culture’ year of 2010, the two received (among other awards) the Pritzker Prize, the world’s top award for architects.

Uniting heritage with the modern, the SANAA Building breaks the architectural mould of former industrial buildings. The 34-metre-high construction has a floor area of 35 x 35 metres. Its unique feature is its internal structure, which consists of five levels (four storeys plus roof terrace) each of differing height. The 134 window openings seem randomly arranged but have in fact been adapted precisely to the light situation in the building’s interior; they also function as frames that allow the surroundings to appear as momentary segmental glimpses.

Permission to film or take photographs

Permission is required from the university management to take photographs or film in the SANAA building. Film/photographs for commercial use must be requested at the Folkwang AGENCY separately. You will need a separate permit and/or Right of Use statement. Payment may also be required. Please use the appropriate form:

Permission for commercial photograph and/or film

Permission to photograph/film for editorial use 

Please send the completed form for editorial use to: presse(at)

Teachers and student groups of the subjects Photography and Architecture with photo-shooting requests should similarly contact the Folkwang AGENCY.

Please make sure that we receive your enquiry in good time. Permission is issued after review.

Hiring enquiries

For any enquiries relating to hiring/rental, please contact:

Folkwang Agency management
Management Location & Events
+49 (0) 201_18503-400
+49 (0) 151_426 668 22