Visitor mine F60 – Heart of a unique adventure area, that will offer more than relaxation
Memories, visions of the future, landmark...
In September 2001, the flooding of the futur Lake Bergheide has begun. In 2012 it already reached the size of 340 hectares. The eastern shore of the lake will be used for touristic purposes, the western shore is reserved for Mother Nature only.
At the edge of the lake, a camping side, cottages and beaches are planned.
„In 1997, in the context of studies on the re-use of the landscape surrounding former mining areas, concerning especially the opencast mine of Kleinleipisch/Klettwitz/Klettwitz-Nord (North Klettwitz), the re-use of the conveyor bridge at Lake Bergheide had been discussed as well. In this year, the idea of maintaining the F60 as a witness of a gigantic development was born. Since the bridge is situated directly next to Lake Bergheide, whose shape is reminiscent of a square, the whole complex will convey the dimensions of an opencast mine even after its complete renovation. Therefore, the complex offers very special options for use.
Elke Löwe; landscape architect; landscape architectural office L.Ö.W.E.
Floating discovery centre „Sonne“ („The Sun“) at Lake Bergheide
Concerning the touristic development of the area, the community Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf and the office Kleine Elster consider the F60 and Lake Bergheide as one unit. In the course of the next years, a (nearby) recreational area will be created, as soon as the LMBV grants the mining-law-release. The basics of the plan were already established by the municipal side (community Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf). Together with the IBA and its partners, various visions and concepts for the project „Floating discovery centre ’Sonne’ (’The Sun’)“ were developed. The International Building Exhibition (IBA) Fürst-Pückler-Land 2000-2010 documents this project on its website, calling it „Sun meets Steelgiant“:
„The IBA first presented the LOMA Kassel architecture firm’s design for an event and discovery centre in the shape of a rising sun in 2007. 2009’s master plan and building plan show a combined development of land-based and floating holiday homes, with the »Sun« as the spectacular centre of the floating housing development. The IBA first presented the LOMA Kassel architecture firm’s design for an event and discovery centre in the shape of a rising sun in 2007. 2009’s master plan and building plan show a combined development of land-based and floating holiday homes, with the »Sun« as the spectacular centre of the floating housing development. [...]
When complete, the »Sun« will be accessible via a walkway 250 metres long. Weights and chains anchored to the lakebed hold the building in position. The hemisphere projects at least ten metres above the water level, enclosing a restaurant with a lounge and terraces and spaces for events and exhibitions, arranged on two levels. Renewable energy is a priority: a system of heat pumps, heat exchanges, photovoltaic systems, and natural ventilation (combined with the temperature-regulating properties of the surrounding water) should significantly reduce the building’s energy needs.“
(see also: http://www.iba-see2010.de/en/projekte/projekt30.html)
The future will show in which form this vision of „The Sun“ becomes reality and if the plans have to be modified or not.
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