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2.000 new jobs at Phoenix West in Dortmund

The Dutch investor World of Walas presented the ideas for the development of Phoenix West on Wednesday (29.07.2020). Investments of up to 200 million euros are planned. The city Dortmund is expecting 2,000 new jobs as a result. The conversion is scheduled to begin in 2021.

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2.000 Arbeitsplätze auf Phoenix West

What is PHOENIX West?

For over 160 years, the industrial complex of PHOENIX West was an icon for the city of Dortmund and the region of North Rhein-Westphalia, whose economy was based on coal and steel.

Steel production in Dortmund ended with the closure of PHOENIX West in 1998 and PHOENIX East in 2001. Remaining today as a standing monument to the history of the area are a few buildings, including the blast furnace complex.

The World of Walas group acquired the PHOENIX West complex with a plan to redeveloping the area, recognizing the important role of these landmarks for the local identity and their incredible potential for revitalizing local economies.

Building Together

World of Walas is working in close collaboration with the city of Dortmund on the redevelopment of the PHOENIX West area. PHOENIX West will be transformed gradually and organically into a place where people want to live, work and play.

The first phase of the Walas PHOENIX West project begins with the reactivation of the historic hall, Schalthaus 101, and the progressive reopening of the blast furnace complex. Other planned buildings include The 4th Wave to host a world innovation centre for technology, services, farming and entrepreneurship, and a center for Earth Charter Cities.

About PHOENIX West

The Walas Approach

World of Walas focuses on retaining the DNA of existing communities with business models based on a gradual, integrative approach. For Walas, sustainable urban development is about more than buildings.

We know that cities start with people, and that working together the right way results in communities and cities that thrive economically, financially, environmentally and socially.

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The latest news at PHOENIX West and the World of Walas.


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PHOENIX West SkyWalk is open to visitors!

Guided SkyWalk tours are available at PHOENIX West. The view from the 26 meter high steel bridge, which connects Phoenixplatz with the steelworks complex, and from the 100 meter high panoramic platform to the blast furnace complex is simply breathtaking! If you’d like to enjoy the fantastic views of the PHOENIX West area and the Dortmund skyline, please contact us at or one our tour operator partners!


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Walas in the press

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