Schwarzatal, Wasserfrische

Schwarzatal, Wasserfrische

Experience the countryside: Revitalisation of the summer resorts along the Schwarza river

As part of the cooperative 'Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal' workshop in 2018, which explored development concepts for various locations in the Schwarzatal valley, two sites alongside the River Schwarza were identified and are now designated as IBA projects. Schwarzmühle and Obstfelderschmiede both have a railway station and are starting points for hikers exploring the Panorama Trail.

Mini topographic interventions are being created to highlight specific aspects of the countryside, the elements, e.g. water, and the natural landscape. The plans include a stopover for walkers and a summer garden in Meuselbach-Schwarzmühle and a greened landscaped area near the railway station in Obstfelderschmiede. This ‘Wasserfrische’ is designed by the landscape architect Anna Lundqvist from the office MAN MADE LAND.

The ‘Wasserfrische’ is part of the selected concept developed jointly by ‘MAN MADE LAND’ and ‘fabulism’ during the‘Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal’ workshop in 2018, organised by the ‘Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal’ association in collaboration with the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt LEADER action group and with support from the government’s MORO spatial planning action programme and the IBA Thüringen. Their concept, entitled ‘Slow Landscape – Sommerfrische Panoramic Network’, envisages the 136-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a unifying, connecting element.