Projects

Stadtland

The IBA Thüringen has made StadtLand its primary theme. Through three key areas of action, the IBA aims to promote a new quality of relationship between the town and the country.

IBA Programme (PDF)

Projects
Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Saving vacant properties: Securing land for the long term

The Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen at the trias Foundation permanently absorbs land through heritable building rights in order to avoid speculation and thus secure its long-term use. The proceeds will be used for charitable purposes, especially for further support and networking of LeerGut initiatives. The special fund also serves to develop Sommerfrische houses in the Schwarzatal. The first location is IBA project Haus Bräutigam in Schwarzburg.

Dates 

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Initiative Timber Building Culture

Initiative Timber Building Culture

Initiative Timber Building Culture

Building Culture made in Thuringia: Climate-friendly building with wood

To the spectrum of IBA projects comes a new concerted initiative to develop a culture of timber construction. Thuringia is a state with large densely wooded areas and an abundance of the climate-friendly raw material. Where it lags behind, however, is in the processing stages. Numerous parties are now actively striving to establish a stable and sustainable value chain for forestry, timber production and construction. They range from the state-owned forestry management company ThüringenForst and the Thuringian State Advisory Council on Forestry and Timber Production to committed building developers and forward-looking architects. Until 2023, the IBA Thüringen presents a window of opportunity for innovative timber construction and its development into an internationally recognised hallmark of the federal state. The Timber Prototype House in Apolda and the Sh/leep barn in Bedheim are just two examples that illustrate its potential. Local economic cycles and distinctive regional architecture represent an opportunity to strengthen the resilience and identity of rural regions. 

Dates 

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Thüringer Meer, Water Sports and Adventure Education Centre

Thüringer Meer, Water Sports and Adventure Education Centre

Thüringer Meer, Water Sports and Adventure Education Centre

Modern educational recreation: Water, landscape and sports in architectural harmony

The Thuringian State Sports Association is planning to extend and convert the ‘SEZ Kloster’ in Saalfeld-Ebersdorf. For many years, the Water Sports and Adventure Education Centre has served as a recreational and educational centre for clubs and schools.

Currently an architecture competition is being held to obtain excellent architectural ideas for a new complex for the valuable pedagogical work undertaken there. Proposals should use the regional building material wood to create new building forms in a striking landscape and utilise new construction methods and building standards to demonstrate the concept of a ‘Building culture made in Thuringia’. 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
SEZ Kloster
Kloster 1
07929 Saalburg-Ebersdorf
Germany
IBA Project Coordination

Tobias Haag
Projektleiter
Telefon +49 3644 51832-12
tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Body and spirit: A church as a centre for health therapies

Local stakeholders want to develop a common space for spirituality and therapies in the Church of St. Severi in Blankenhain. A corresponding lighting and furnishing concept is currently being developed. The church with health focus is the latest project from the ‘Querdenker’ call for ideas in 2017 to achieve IBA project status.

 

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

New urban-rural connection: Association redevelops Sommerfrische residence

The ‘Haus Bräutigam’ association is developing a former ‘Sommerfrische’ summer holiday residence in Schwarzburg into a place for short-term living and working after the ‘Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal’ stepped in and saved the building in the centre of the village from demolition. The communally organised project for the resource-efficient reconstruction and conversion of the disused building is intended as a model for similar initiatives in the village, region and beyond.

‘Haus Bräutigam’ also represents a new symbiotic urban-rural connection. In addition to acquiring IBA project status, the association has also been granted funding from the ‘Rural Development in Thuringia’ initiative as part of the ‘European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development’. In autumn 2019, work began on gutting earlier alterations and removing the applied facade to expose the house’s original half-timbered appearance.

Dates 

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Location 
Haus Bräutigam
Am Schloßberg 10
07427 Schwarzburg
Germany
Main Partners
Sponsors
  • Thüringer Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Lamdwirtschaft:
  • Maßnahmen und Projekte der Regionalentwicklung und zur Gestaltung der Folgen des demografischen Wandels
  • Revitalisierung von Brachflächen
IBA Project Coordination

Ulrike Rothe
Project director
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
​ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

Sustainable city: Environmentally conscious revitalisation of a mass housing estate

Nordhausen-Nord, with some 2,000 residents, is one of the town’s most popular residential districts. The proportion of older people is above average, and the majority of the prefab housing blocks are partially renovated.

To improve quality of life for the inhabitants and to make it attractive to a broader spectrum of residents, Nordhausen council and the SWG municipal housing association are planning the sustainable revitalisation of the quarter. To this end, a team of architects and landscape architects have developed a neighbourhood concept that considers the themes of housing, mobility, open space, energy, water as well as social aspects at a neighbourhood level. Best practice standards for the environmentally-conscious design of different kinds of residential courtyards, and new models for the design of communal open space aim to create a range of more individual environments for both existing and new residents. An architectural competition in 2019 for the model conversion of an ensemble of prefab housing blocks and its courtyard transformed the monotonous backdrop of the mass housing blocks into three ‘mult-italented blocks’: Sophie, Ludwig and Franzi. The design proposes a variety of moderate structural interventions, ranging from small modi cations to the ground plan to provide barrier-free access and improve living conditions, to communal terraces and garden areas.

The sustainable and resource-conscious approach to revitalising the quality of life in a mass-housing estate promises to be a pioneering pilot project that can serve as a model for other similar residential environments. 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Cooperative mobility: New options for urban-rural public transport connections

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come togehter in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Castle as think-tank: A centre for democracy

Schwarzburg Castle, with its chequered history, is to become an open forum and think-tank which, together with the ‘House of Democracy in Weimar’, will be committed to communicating the democratic foundations of our society. In 2017, nancing for the project was secured with the inclusion of Schwarzburg Castle in the Federal Programme of National Urban Development Projects. Since then, the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation has begun the design and fitting out of the first two rooms of the castle.

On the occasion of the centenary of Germany’s rst democratic constitution, the castle opened from 13 July to 13 October 2019 as an open building site with an audio walk. Over 1,200 guests listened to the history of the castle. Following this success, the open building site will reopen a second time in 2020, and the Friends of Schloss Schwarzburg association will once again o er guided tours. Parallel to the stream of visitors, the extensive construction work on and in the castle will continue, including structural reinforcements and masonry renovations and the insertion of a gallery level in the future gallery hall. Construction work is scheduled for completion in 2021.

The castle is intended as a centre for project work and democratic education for politically-interested visitors, initiatives and associations of all ages at a historically significant location in the heart of rural Thuringia.

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Gateway to a region: A local cooperative for local provisions

In Königsee, residents have set up an own local supplies shop, which also serves as a meeting place. The BahnHofladen opened in summer 2019, and the initiators are now working on making it t for the future.

Those who are familiar with the fate of many railway stations in rural areas will be pleasantly surprised at the sight of Rottenbach and the wide selection of regional produce on sale in the BahnHofladen and the accompanying bistro. As, one by one, retailers in the region closed, a group of committed citizens took things into their own hands and founded a cooperative in 2015 to findnd a solution to the supply of local provisions and catering. Their plan was to establish a new shop with local produce along with a café as a meeting place, as well as to create better public and private transport links to the station.

The renovation of the station building began in July 2016 in accordance with conservation guidelines, and a student architecture competition was held to develop initial ideas for the design of the shop. Unsuitable alterations and the suspended ceiling were stripped out, small windows were replaced by full-height openings and the roof and facade were clad uniformly in locally typical hung slate tiling. In 2019, the new shop opened to coincide with the new transport link, marking the completion of the first larger scale IBA project.

The new transport link is both a functional as well as a visual improvement: the bus stop now directly adjoins the station, and bus and train arrival and departure times are coordinated. At the bus turning loop, four so-called STADTLAND!ISLANDS have been created as thematic kitchen gardens enclosed by traditional wooden fences.

Nordhausen, Altendorfer Kirchviertel

Nordhausen, Altendorfer Kirchviertel

Nordhausen, Altendorfer Kirchviertel

Sustainable city: Resource-conscious redevelopment in the old town centre

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come togehter in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

 

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Climate-Agri-Culture: Testbed for a climate-conscious, cooperative approach to landscape development

How can we find new ways of seeing and describing landscapes? How can we reimagine and re-evaluate the concept and image of the landscape? And how can landscape, and with it agriculture, be reconceived and redesigned from a sustainable perspective?

The Landwirtschaft Kannawurf Betriebsgesellschaft mbH and agrar-GmbH Oldisleben are working together with the IBA Thüringen and the Künstlerhaus Thüringen to develop a feasibility study for the ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development and aesthetic improvement of agricultural farmland. On behalf of the partners, Green4Cities from Vienna will design a set of guidelines for a new, climate-friendly 21st century cultural landscape on 1,500 hectares of future in Kannawurf.

Sustainable agriculture needs to be considered at multiple levels in order to adapt to climate change. In Kannawurf, different climatic landscape typologies will be developed with the help of a regional-scale agricultural product management approach to develop a model landscape in Thuringia. Concrete measures to reduce wind and water erosion, heat islands and surface temperatures by means of individually determined, new cultivation methods and cultures form the basis for a new landscape and cooperative agricultural product management principle. The intention is to create new regional links between agricultural products and their processing to increase the proportion of Thuringian raw materials in Thuringian food processing and thus improve local economic cycles. The plan is to implement the measures outlined in the mission statement in and around Kannawurf from 2021 onwards.

Dates 
01 October 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00
Location 
06578 Kannawurf
Germany
Projektträger
Förderer

Europäischer Landwirtschaftsfond für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums: Hier investiert Europa in die ländlichen Gebiete (ELER) und der Freistaat Thüringen

Planungsbeteiligte

· quartier vier, Leipzig
· Team des IBA Campus 2017

Ansprechpartnerin

Kerstin Faber
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Until recently, the small Chapel of St Anna served just once a year as a place of congregation. Villagers from Krobitz in the Saale-Orla district came together to celebrate Ascension – outdoors, due to the dilapidated state of the interior.
The turnaround came in response to an open call for new and unconventional ideas for churches as part of the ‘STADTLAND:Church’ exhibition in 2017 initiated by the EKM Evangelical Church in Central Germany and the IBA Thüringen. The renowned international artist Carsten Nicolai gave the 11th century Romanesque chapel a new musical heart: a sculptural installation entitled ‘organ’ in the form of a gas-powered pyrophone made especially for the chapel in 2017. The unusual musical instrument has since attracted hundreds of visitors to the chapel and other artists have now also been invited to contribute new compositions. The interior of the chapel was renovated with a few simple additions including a new rammed earth floor and a simple wooden bench around the perimeter. With minimal means, the chapel has been revived as a place of congregation, prayer, music and Baukultur.

The art space of the Chapel of St Anna is the first project to be realised from the ‘STADTLAND:Church’ call for ideas, and is an inspirational example of how the creative co-use of sacred spaces can stimulate and foster a sense of community.

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Rückblick auf die 2. Saison 2018 in Krobitz
28 December 2018

Musikalische Intervention in Krobitz

Sie reagierte mit Quarz-Glas-Schalen und der Dresdner Künstler Jan Heinke mit einem Stahlcello, Oberton-Gesang und verschiedenen Blashörnern auf die 12-minütige Komposition von Carsten Nicolai, die auf der gasbetriebenen Orgel mit 25 Glaspfeifen zu hören ist. Es entwickelte sich eine faszinierende Klang – und Raumkomposition in der alten romanischen Kapelle. Foto: Henry Sowinski

Insgesamt besuchten 2018 700 Gäste die St. Annen-Kapelle in Krobitz. Viele kamen aus den umliegenden Dörfern sowie aus den angrenzenden Städten wie Saalfeld und Jena. Aber auch aus Leipzig und Berlin und sogar aus Norwegen und Mexiko kamen Interessierte. Die Tore der St. Annen-Kapelle geöffnet, die gasbetriebene Orgel gewartet und über das IBA Projekt informiert haben die Mitglieder des Freundeskreises der kleinen Kirche, der sich 2017 gebildet hat. Foto: Henry Sowinski

On an Amazing Resonance Space
21 March 2018

On an Amazing Resonance Space
Interview with Carsten Nicolai

But above all an acoustic space?

Churches are acoustically perhaps the most complicated places. They have such a high reverberation, so strong a resonance at certain frequencies that one quickly understands that a church interior is always a huge resonance space. It should be swinging at people, as an amplifier ultimately of the word and the music. People’s religious faith should be strengthened as a whole. The church interior is more than a classical instrument, it is a resonance body.

organ exhibits another classical element of the chapel: the flame, the eternal light.

Flames have their own archaism beyond Christian symbolism. The primordial elements fire, water, air, and earth—basically one has everything there. organ plays on these basic elements. When the flame begins to resonate, then you see the air rise and the flame changes its color: the playing flame becomes blue, the non-playing flame remains yellow. The visitor will connect the fire with the sound; in principle, one has a visualization of the sound; that is the beauty of this synesthetic aspect. The flame is the light source and the fire at the same time. In winter, organ will also heat the church. Moreover, the flames deprive the environment of oxygen, so there is a rudimentary lack of oxygen. But this will not happen at the church in Krobitz, because it is too porous due to its age.

In the best sense, this sounds archaic, timeless, and somehow also meditative.

Yes, it is what one conceptualized the least in the beginning. Actually, it is a return to the original use of such spaces. That is the beauty.

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Improvisationskonzert mit Matthias von Hintzenstern zur Kunstinstallation ‚organ’
24 August 2017

Improvisationskonzert mit Matthias von Hintzenstern zur Kunstinstallation ‚organ’

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Kunstprojekt ‚organ’ zieht rund 200 Besucher in lange verschlossene Kapelle
28 June 2017

Kunstprojekt ‚organ’ zieht rund 200 Besucher in lange verschlossene Kapelle

Rund 200 Besucher kamen zum Eröffnungswochenende der skulpturalen Arbeit ‚organ’ nach Krobitz. Foto: Thomas Müller

Die Kunstkapelle St. Anna in Krobitz ist im Rahmen der IBA Kandidatur der Evangelischen Kirche Mitteldeutschland entstanden.

Die St.-Anna-Kapelle in Weira stammt aus dem 11. Jahrhundert. Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Lange Jahre war die St.-Anna-Kapelle ungenutzt und für die Öffentlichkeit unzugänglich. Foto: Thomas Müller

IBA Projektleiterin Ulrike Rothe im Gespräch mit dem Künstler Carsten Nicolai.

Das von Carsten Nicolai geschriebene Stück dauert etwa zwölf Minuten. Foto: Thomas Müller

Im Gegensatz zur klassischen (Kirchen-) Orgel erzeugen hier Flammen die Töne, indem sie die Luft in den Glaszylindern zum Schwingen bringen.

Foto: Thomas Müller

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Elke Bergt von der Evangelischen Kirche Mitteldeutschland dankte am Ende des Gespräches allen, die am Vorhaben mitgewirkt und dieses unterstützt sowie gefördert haben. Dazu zählen der Künstler Carsten Nicolai mit seinem Team von yamaguchi-ufficio d’arte und WERKSTATT 4, die Evangelisch-lutherische Kirchengemeinde Weira / Krobitz mit dem amtierenden Superintendent und Pfarrer, die politische Gemeinde Weira, die Kulturstiftung des Bundes, das Regionalmanagment LEADER des Saale-Oral-Kreises mit dem Amt für Landesentwicklung und Flurneuordnung Gera, das Architekturbüro nitschke+kollegen, die Tischlerei Herden und der Stampflehmbauer Hoppert Handwerk & Design sowie der Restorator Olaf Lindner, das Büro für Szenografie chezweitz und das Team der IBA Thüringen sowie der EKM.

Bei frischen Sauerteigbrot und Altenburger Ziegenkäse mit Lauchzwiebeln sowie Roséwein und Apfelsaft aus der Region klang der Sommerabend zum Johannisfest beim Feuer aus. Erfüllt von dem Kunstwerk ‚organ’ und der St.-Anna-Kapelle fuhren die Gäste beeindruckt, angeregt und beflügelt nach Hause, um wieder zu kommen!

OTZ: Feuer, Licht und Klänge in der St.-Annen-Kapelle in Krobitz

Gelungene Eröffnung der Querdenker-Ausstellung
16 May 2017

Gelungene Eröffnung der Querdenker-Ausstellung

Hunderte Ideen wurden 2016 zum Ideenaufruf eingereicht, viele davon als Video. Foto: Thomas Müller

Vor der Kirche steht ein gelbes Haus, an dem die Besucher kreativ werden und neue Nutzungsvorschläge für Kirchengebäude entwickeln können: Der Ideengenerator. Foto: Thomas Müller

Mehr Bilder auf querdenker2017.de.

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Krobitz
Deutschland
Träger

· Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland
· Kirchengemeinde in Weira
· Gemeinde Krobitz/Weira in der VG Oppurg
· Freundeskreis

Planungsbeteiligte

· Carsten Nicolai
· nitschke + kollegen architekten, Weimar

Ansprechpartnerin

Ulrike Rothe
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Thüringer Meer

Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Baukultur and tourism

Thuringia is most well-known among nature lovers for its hiking regions. The river valleys and meadowlands that characterise much of the countryside are comparatively unknown. In discussions on the rural qualities of Thuringia, the potential of such landscapes is frequently overlooked.

Over the past few years, the state, administrative districts and local municipalities have drawn up concerted strategies for developing the hilly Thüringer Wald as well as the so-called Thüringer Meer – waterside Thuringia – as sustainable tourism destinations. Building on this, the IBA Thüringen and the Stiftung Baukultur in Thüringen are working together with two investors to develop model projects for Germany’s largest reservoir, the Bleilochtalsperre. Following an open ideas competition ‘XS – New Models for Holiday Architecture’ held in 2018, two concepts were selected for developing into actual projects: a longhouse with a flexible floor plan that can accommodate different unit sizes and adapt to specific uses and topographies, and small-scale architectural units for the gradual conversion of a former wharf into a micro-resort.

The project aims to show that innovative ideas and good architecture can strengthen tourism and the regional economy in south Thuringia. Alongside the conventional holiday destinations, it proposes new forms of tourism that provide an authentic, refreshing experience of Thuringia by the sea.

Der 1. Preis: Der Entwurf und die Gesamtidee eines Langhauses mit durchgehender Dachkonstruktion verfolgt die Idee 'alles unter ein Dach zu bringen' und berücksichtigt damit den Aspekt des 'gemeinschaftlichen 
Wohnens'. Die Innenraumgestaltung ist sehr flexibel und passt sich somit den Bedürfnissen unterschiedlichster Zielgruppen an.

© Architekturbüro Voigt, Leipzig

Der 2. Preis: XS wird wörtlich genommen! Bis zu vier auf minimales Außenmaß reduzierte Räume fügen sich als andockbare Module um einen introvertierten Gemeinschaftsraum zu einem temporären Ferienhaus unter einem Dach zusammen. Diese Räume übernehmen dabei unterschiedlichste Funktionen: Schlaf-, Sauna-, Kino-, Wohnbereich usw. und sind individuell zuschaltbar oder abstoßbar.

© Opposite Office, München

Der 3. Preis: Rückzugsort im Wald - Die Arbeit gliedert das vorhandene Grundstück entsprechend der topografischen Zonierung als auch der vorhandenen Parameter aus der Bauleitplanung auf sinnvolle Weise.

© Amunt Martenson, Björn Martenson, Aachen, und Leonard Wertgen, Berlin

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Outpatient clinic and health kiosks: Cooperative health care in the country

Since 2011, the Landleben Foundation has been building a network of health, nursing and medical support in six municipalities in northern Thuringia. In 2017, the foundation’s pilot project ‘Landengel’ started as a healthcare networking platform: the ‘Landengel’ helpers drive senior citizens to medical appointments, organise trips or run games afternoons. Less stress and more time thanks to short distances is the project’s credo.

Just how short such distances should be, or how far apart they can be, is being trialled using bus stops converted into health kiosks. The idea is that doctors, nursing and health care providers, along with pharmacies and other service pro- viders work together with the Landengel under one roof. The Berlin architecture o ce Pasel-K Architects was commissioned in 2019 to develop a design manual for the health kiosks. Alongside a sheltered waiting area and public toilets, the kiosks should have a multi-purpose space. Each kiosk will be unique and made of wood. Traditional timber-frame structures are one possibility, as are a combination of digital fabrication and analogue construction or the re-use of building materials from demolished structures as a form of recycling or upcycling.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Kirchheilingen
Germany
Partners
  • Gemeinden Sundhausen, Blankenburg, Bruchstedt, Kirchheilingen, Tottleben, Urleben
  • Partner des Landengel e.V.
Involved in Planning Process
IBA Project Coordination

Kerstin Faber
Project director
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Neustadt am Rennsteig, St Michael's Church

Neustadt am Rennsteig, Michael's Church

Neustadt am Rennsteig, St Michael's Church

Reconciling worship and tourism: Sacral sanctuary as wayside hostel

The Thüringer Wald attracts hikers and wanderers from all over Germany. Its most famous route, the Rennsteig Trail, runs along its ridge and provides not only an opportunity to explore the unspoilt wooded landscape of Thuringia but also to discover some unusual places to stay.

In Neustadt am Rennsteig, local representatives and outside experts came together to find a new concept for the future of Michael’s Church as part of an open call for innovative and unconventional ideas organised in 2017 by the Evangelical Church in Central Germany and the IBA Thüringen. An initial provisional solution was implemented in 2017, followed by a more permanent installation in 2018 in the form of a sleeping niche for passing hikers in the rearward section of the neo-Romanesque church, whose tower rises over the choir. The church can now provide shelter for up to two people per night and has already hosted 93 overnight guests in 2018 alone. Further possible uses are also in planning: the congregation has proposed yoga courses, a library and a communal cooking and dining area as part of an initiative to turn the church into a modern place for the community.

Michael’s Church is the first of a series of wayside church-shelters along the Rennsteig Trail through the Thüringer Wald. It represents a model solution for the conversion and ongoing use of churches that has since attracted international attention.

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Sommerfrische in local history museum: Modern vacation in traditional timber-frame architecture

How can the once-popular tourist destination of the Schwarzatal attract visitors back to the region? Lina Maria Mentrup, an architect from Jena, has set the ball rolling with an economical insertion within the beautiful but no longer inhabited building of the local history museum in Döschnitz.

Her design for a modern furnished apartment in the historic listed building is the first of the IBA’s ‘Sommerfrische’ projects in the Schwarzatal valley. With carefully measured, sensitive interventions, the project demonstrates how empty houses in the region can be economically revived for use while respecting the historical building fabric. Completed in April 2018, the first guests from Jena took up residence on the day it opened. The apartment has since been booked out throughout the summer weekends as a base from which to explore the region. The conversion of further rooms in the museum is planned.

The IBA project represents a first important step towards reactivating vacant buildings and attracting new visitors to the Schwarzatal.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
07429 Döschnitz
Germany
Gera, Häselburg

Häselburg, Gera

Gera, Häselburg

New uses for a former girls’ school: An independent cultural centre with global outlook

A former 19th century girls’ school in Gera’s city centre is gradually being converted into an international centre for art and culture. The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt (TLM, Thuringian State Media Authority) and Gera Art School have already rented premises in the building, which also houses the New Gallery for Contemporary Art on the ground floor, run by Kultur in Mitteldeutschland (KIM, Culture in Central Germany), which owns the building.

The Häselburg is a model for the reactivation of disused existing buildings. It provides a new location for expanding and enhancing the pro le of cultural activities in Gera and East Thuringia. Burkhard Schlothauer, musician and musicologist, lives in Gera and is managing director of KIM. His goal is to provide both space and potential for the independent cultural scene in Gera to ourish. In January 2020, his wife, the art and cultural historian Dr Claudia Tittel, became head of the City of Gera’s Cultural Department and has resolved to transform Gera’s cultural profile.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Häselburg
Florian-Geyer-Straße 15
07545 Gera
Germany
Main Partners

KIM Kultur in Mitteldeutschland gGmbH

Sponsors
Involved in Planning Process
  • Thomas Laubert, architect Gera 
IBA Project Coordination

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director
Telefon +49 3643 90088-14
bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Space for meeting and making: Locals and refugees create opportunities for work and recreation

On the site of a former barracks on Beulwitzer Straße, situated between housing for refugees and a residential quarter, Saalfeld council and local education institutions are working together with local residents to create new kinds of work and recreational spaces. Around half of the participants are local residents and half refugees and displaced people. 

In summer workshops in 2017 and 2018, the new and existing residents worked jointly to explore ways of creating a place to meet and make their own. They built, celebrated and learned from one another in a series of stimulating and enjoyable encounters.

The IBA Thüringen and other partners in Thuringia are devising projects under the heading ‘Arrival StadtLand’ that address the consequences of displacement and immigration. In Saalfeld, a space made by many for use by many is evolving with the participation of creative people from the region. Neighbours new and old are consciously setting an example that strengthens the local sense of community and symbolises the openness of the urban-rural StadtLand of Thuringia.

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Inclusive development: Town, associations, residents and refugees jointly reactivate a vacant building

Migration has become an important driver of development in Thuringia. In 2016, as part of its ›Arrival StadtLand‹ initiative, the IBA Thüringen put out a call for people, places and ideas throughout Thuringia that view immigration as an opportunity and want to actively shape it.  

The ‘WIR Labor’ in Erfurt is a prime example. In cooperation with the city of Erfurt, the association Plattform e.V. intends to use an empty municipal office building in the direct vicinity of container accommodation for refugees in the north of the city. Refugees and migrants, as well as the residents of Erfurt, are invited to help develop the project as a collective laboratory. The goal is the inclusive and integrative development of a new centre of production and workshop building that, in the spirit of Willkommenskultur, will function as a new district centre developed communally for the community. Its design makes an innovative contribution to the successive redevelopment of buildings according to participative principles and circular material cycles. The project explores the possibilities and limits of self-building, while simultaneously trialling simple, resource-conscious and affordable design approaches.

The ‘WIR Labor’ is not only a test bed for inclusive society, but also a realworld laboratory for the experimental conversion of existing buildings.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Wir Labor Erfurt
Vollbrachtstraße 12
99086 Erfurt
Germany
IBA Project Coordination

Kerstin Faber
Project director
Telefon +49 3643 90088-17
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Weimar, The 100

Weimar, The 100

Weimar, The 100

New housing: 100 percent flexible, affordable and resource-efficient

Just around the corner from Georg Muche’s seminal ‘Haus am Horn’ from 1923 is the urban development area ‘Neues Bauen am Horn’. The Studierendenwerk Thüringen (the Thuringian Student Union) owns the last remaining plot on the site and is developing a new hall of residence for students together with the Stiftung Baukultur and the IBA Thüringen. In 2017, the Munich-based architects Almannai und Fischer won an international architectural competition organised to find original ideas for student housing. Their concept refrains from the typical anonymous repetition of small apartments, proposing instead a mix of spacious communal areas and small private spaces for the students’ personal use.

In October 2019, the Studierendenwerk Thüringen in cooperation with the IBA Thüringen organised a workshop to explore the current design and assess its model character. A scale model of the envisaged floor plan was built in scenographic form at a scale of 1 : 2 in the Eiermannbau in Apolda with a view to playfully analysing its qualities with the help of potential residents. The feedback gained will be incorporated into the continuing design of the project. The next phases will see the development of a set of general rules and evaluation parameters along with a new concept of ‘house rules’ for living together in such collaborative experimental buildings.

The innovative housing concept is to be completed by 2023, with the involvement of future residents, and aims to serve as a model for other student residences.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Carl-Alexander-Platz
Weimar 99425
Germany
Apolda, Timber Prototype House

Apolda, Timber Prototype

Apolda, Timber Prototype House

Solid timber experimental prototype: Parametric design and digital fabrication

34 percent of the state of Thuringia is covered by woodland. Due to its abundance as a raw material, wood has always been a popular traditional building material, but its full potential has not been exhausted.

As part of the federal government’s ZukunftBau research initiative, a team led by Professor Achim Menges from the University of Stuttgart, Hans Drexler from Jade University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, and the IBA Thuringia worked together to create a small but compelling experimental building that has now been erected in the grounds of the Eiermann building in Apolda. The aim was to demonstrate the potential of wood as a simple and regional building material with the help of state-of-the-art digital planning tools and fabrication technologies. The concept adapts the principle of traditional log construction and takes it a step further. The result is a 15 m² experimental building of vertical, freely arranged wooden beams. The digital milling of the timber elements makes it possible to achieve good insulation properties and high-precision connections, and robotic fabrication methods enable the quick and simple production of structural elements in large quantities while still affording design flexibility in the building form.

The planning and construction process could serve as a model for various building projects in Thuringia, and the establishment of a regional wood life cycle capitalises on available competencies in the state of Thuringia. All in all, an eminently ecological solution.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Changing locations in Thüringen
Germany
Main Partners
Supporters / Sponsors
IBA Project Coordination

Tobias Haag
Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67
tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Open Factory: Collective reactivation of a disused architectural icon

Somewhat hidden along a side street in Apolda, the Eiermannbau is no more than a 10-minute walk away from the railway station. The iconic building from the 1930s is now a modernist monument and exemplifies the design principles of its architect Egon Eiermann: logic, purity and clarity. Initially a weaving mill and later a fire extinguisher factory, the building has stood vacant for many years. Today, its large blue-framed windows still look out over industrial wasteland where production works once stood, the view extending as far as the allotments and slab blocks in the distance.

In Jena or Weimar, a building of this calibre would not stand empty, but the demolition of the historical monument was out of the question. From an ecological and economic standpoint, options need to be explored – conservation, reuse, conversion or recycling – that can recast vacant property as a valuable resource for the future, also in locations like Apolda.

In 2017, the LEG Thüringen State Development Agency took over ownership of the Eiermannbau. The LEG has experience of tackling the problem of vacant property throughout the region. Together with IBA Thüringen, it is pursuing an innovative approach in Apolda: by granting an exclusive option period, it has given the IBA Thüringen the opportunity to gradually and successively develop a concept for the building by 2023. The aim is, in the direct vicinity of the booming towns of Weimar and Jena, to establish the Eiermannbau as a lighthouse project for the sustainable reactivation of vacant buildings that can serve as a model for other locations and buildings in Thuringia. By asking how much, or how little, is enough, the IBA aims to reappraise the assumptions of prevailing building standards and usage models: What investments are really necessary? How can rents be made affordable? And, how can a modernist architectural icon be turned into a diverse environment for creative minds and makers – into an Open Factory.

As developer and placemaker of the Eiermannbau, the IBA was also the first user to move temporarily into the industrial monument in the summer of 2017.  In order to entirely move their office to the Eiermannbau, the IBA developed a prototype expansion and utilisation concept for 750 square metres of the building from February to October 2018. In autumn 2018, the IBA team finally moved into the cost-effective, functional and at the same time well-designed office with greenhouses on the second floor. Thanks to the house-in-house solution, it is possible to use two climate zones throughout the year.

In 2019, the IBA Thüringen hosted the IBA interim presentation in the Eiermannbau. Some 10,000 visitors used the opportunity and got to know the Eiermannbau and appreciate its qualities through guided tours, events or the ‘StadtLand’ exhibition. 

Dates 
Location 
Auenstraße 11
99510 Apolda
Germany
Construction

Reichmann Gebäudetechnik, Bad Berka
Zehnder Group Deutschland GmbH, Lahr (Vertrieb Erfurt)
 

  • Building and construction of IBA greenhouses:
  • Students of the Bauhaus-University Weimar
  • Tobias Grabowski
  • Hannes Heitmüller
  • Simon Martini
  • Nicolas Schüller
  • Till Teubner
  • ​Katharina Wittke
IBA Project Coordination

Katja Fischer
Project director
Telefon +49 3644 51832-11
katja.fischer@iba-thueringen.de

Christoph Grube
Project Collaboration Open Factory
Telefon +49 3644 51832-04
christoph.grube@iba-thueringen.de

Dorothee Schmidt 
Renting and Marketing 
Telefon +49 3644 518 32-06‬‬
dorothee.schmidt@iba-thueringen.de

Alexander Stief
Project Collaboration Open Factory
Telefon +49 3644 518 32-03
alexander.stief@iba-thueringen.de

Links / Further Information about the Project Process
Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Real-world laboratory: A community vision for 2.5 hectares of town centre

On a site on the edge of the centre of Gera, adjoining the Congress and Cultural Centre, 2.5 hectares of disused land are awaiting reactivation – indeed have been for 15 years. The city has struggled to find investors for its once vibrant centre for many years.

In 2014, committed citizens and entrepreneurs from Gera took things into their own hands. The association ›Ja – für Gera‹ answered the IBA Thüringen’s call for projects and proposed the idea of a new ›strong centre‹. A Europan urban design competition followed in 2015, organised by the city, the association and a group of citizens, which generated ideas that fed into the following planning stages.

After a flash mob in 2016, in which local citizens took to Gera's ‘New Centre’ with their umbrellas, the memorable ‘Lemon Squeezer’ art project in 2017, and two large exhibitions at the Congress and Cultural Centre (KuK), Gera City Council approved the urban development master plan in 2018. As one of Gera’s largest urban development projects, it has been the subject of ongoing passionate and at times heated debate.

From June to August 2019, the ‘Raumstation Weimar’ collective invited visitors and residents to once again meet and exchange ideas at Gera’s ‘New Centre’: their ‘GERANIA’ project explored utopian ideas for using open space and how they could become reality. More than 40 events took place along with countless meetings and discussions.

The next major milestone followed in December 2019 with the announcement of an open landscape architecture ideas competition ‘Gera: Freiraum Mitte’ for the design and realisation of the green space and squares in front of the KuK and city museum. The jury will convene soon, after which the designs will be exhibited to the public.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Gera
Germany
Main Partners
Involved in Planning Process
IBA Project Coordination

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director
Phone +49 3643 90088-14
bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

Cultivating building culture: Good quality self-building in rural regions

Many rural areas are mix of catalogue homes and DIY flair. Between them, however, there are people who strive to live and build sustainably – a particularly welcome development in the current climate, where an awareness of context and landscape and of regional skills and materials is more important than ever.

The architecture office of Gründer Kirfel in Bedheim is part of a growing scene of rural architects who are again turning to the practice of self-building. As the owners of Bedheim Castle, a former manor estate, they can look back on a rich cultural heritage – a heritage that requires corresponding management and care, both architecturally and economically. Their response was to build simple, good-quality architecture using regional materials. The 20-person strong community at Bedheim Castle is especially committed to the rural environment at a practical, intellectual, communal and individual level. Their focus is on cultivating quality of life in the countryside, developing the cultural landscape and promoting building culture in rural areas. The Sh/leep barn, a self-built guesthouse on the site of a former barn on the castle grounds is a prime example.

The guiding principle was to realise the building as a self-build project. The initiative became an IBA project in 2017 and gained funding as a ‘model project for regional development’ from the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure. The many helpers included carpenters on the tramp, a master roofer and the building workshop at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

The simple timber-frame structure unites analogue craftsmanship with standardised materials and regular timber connections from the hardware store. Construction began in 2017 and four weeks later, thanks to the skilled carpenters, the topping out ceremony was held to mark completion of the frame structure.

The Sh/leep barn opened in 2018 and contains bedrooms and a dormitory, toilets and washing facilities, a kitchen and dining room, as well as storage for heating fuel. The barn is already much in demand and has gained recognition in the architectural press, including being shortlisted for the German Architecture Museum’s DAM 2020 prize.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Schloss 1
98630 Bedheim
Germany
Main Partners

Familie Kirfel-Rühle von Lilienstern 
mit den Schlossbewohnern Anika Gründer, Nikola Mayer, Erik van der Werf
und dem Förderverein Schloss Bedheim e.V. gem.

Sponsors
Involved in Planning Process
Construction
  • Construction management and execution: 
  • Philipp Bader (Zimmerer und Msc. Architektur),
  • Albert Liebermann (Buchbinder)
  •  
  • Execution:
  • Astrid Rühle (Vorsitzende des Fördervereins),
  • Mario Schmidt (Hausmeister),
  • Okubay Kidane (Praktikant),
  • Martin Bachmeier (Metallbauer),
  • Michael Schreiber (Vereinsmitglied),
  • Gudrun Klöckner (Zimmerin),
  • Manou Knepper (Zimmerer),
  • Stefan Feger (Zimmerer),
  • Jakob Rößner (Gärtner),
  • Jakob Fricke (Helfer),
  • Lukas Kiefer (Helfer),
  • Markus Noll (Mitglied Förderverein),
  • Claudia Zauke (Dachdeckermeisterin),
  • Karl Otto Krebs (Mitglied Förderverein),
  • Karl-Friedrich Gründer (Lehrer),
  • Simon von Hackewitz (Abiturient)
  • and the entire studio Gründer Kirfel
  • Participants in the international Workcamp
  • ​Students from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as part of the Bauwerkstätten 2017 and 2018
IBA Project Coordination

Tobias Haag
Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67
tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

New perspectives through transformation: Creative ideas and new uses for sacred buildings

While churches invariably stand at the heart of their locality, their central role in society has shifted over time. In Thuringia, 99% of the nearly 2000 protestant churches are historic listed buildings. Architecturally and culturally, they serve as defining landmarks and bearers of identity but the sheer number of buildings in need of upkeep presents a challenge.

Aside from the expense of their maintenance, many are no longer regularly in use. As the number of churchgoers decreases, church congregations find it increasingly difficult to look after their treasured place of worship. The long-term consequence is a loss of key meeting places in the community.

Together with the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, the IBA Thüringen is seeking model ideas for empty churches that not only benefit the respective congregations but also offer contemporary perspectives for their use within the community. An open call for new, unconventional ideas in 2017 brought forth over 500 ideas that were presented in an exhibition in the Kaufmannskirche in Erfurt, seen by more than 20,000 people. 

From 19 to 22 September 2019, over 350 guests discussed future uses for churches as part of the national German Protestant Church Construction Conference in Erfurt. Eight projects from the ‘Querdenker’ (think lateral!) call for ideas in 2017 demonstrated how churches can not only reopen but be revitalised as public spaces. IBA project leader Ulrike Rothe accompanied excursions to the Chapel of St Anna in Krobitz, where ‘organ’, a sculptural installation in the form of a gas-powered pyrophone, opened in 2017. It serves as an inspirational example of how a sensitive intervention has not only helped a small Romanesque chapel reopen to the public but has also revived it as a venue for interaction, music and prayer.

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
Curatorial Project Management & Planning
Board of Trustees
  • Veronique Faucheur, Oberkirchenrat Christian Fuhrmann, Florian Heilmeyer, Prof. Barbara Holzer, Jürg Montalta, Anne Schönharting, Dr. Barabra Steiner und Tom Unverzagt 
Participators in the Querdenker Salons
  • Dr. Dankward Guratzsch, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann, Dr. Stefan Krämer, Holger Reinhardt, Dr. Mathias Rein, Elke Bergt, Marcus Schmidt, Dr. Sonja Beeck, Jürgen Willinghöfer, Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Ulrike Rothe, Lisa-Marie Hottenrott und Oliver Weiland 
IBA Project Coordination

Ulrike Rothe
Project director
Phone +49 3643 90088-12
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Creative climate protection: University develops a new joint energy and landscape strategy for town and region

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come together in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Rohrbach, Village Infrastructure

Rohrbach, Village Infrastructure

Rohrbach, Village Infrastructure

Waste water as a valuable resource: Shaping new resource landscapes

In times past, the landowners bathed in the water in the village but what flows along the Rossbach today is not so inviting. In addition to rainwater and water from the spring, the stream now also transports sewage from the village.

The situation is typical of many parts of Thuringia. Almost every third household in the state is not connected to a proper sewage treatment facility. The Chair of Urban Water Management at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has therefore developed a new system together with the Nordkreis Weimar Municipal Sewage Treatment Department, that permits the separate collection and regional reuse of grey water and black water. In addition to the installation of a multi-stage plant-based filtration treatment system, solids from the black water will be converted along with agricultural waste material into energy and fertiliser. This innovative process, however, requires changes to the institutional organisation and operation processes of sewage treatment.

The municipality intends to embed the new process in the landscape: the grounds of the former manor estate in Rohrbach, which previously served as an agricultural research institute, is particularly suitable as a contained space for experimentation. In the long term, this material cycle could help the village supply itself with energy and at the same time improve the ecological and tourism potential of the village.

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

New Sommerfrische: Stakeholders from the town and country shape the landscape

With the opening of the border in 1989, tourism in the once booming summer destination of the Schwarzatal declined abruptly. Many jobs were lost, infrastructure deteriorated, residents moved away and buildings were left empty. The area is now one of the regions in Thuringia with the worst demographic forecasts (-30 percent from 2014 to 2035).

Local initiatives and projects committed to the development of the region and tourism have been building a strong network of civic partners to jointly shape the cultural landscape. As part of the Federal model project ‘Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal’, the Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal association together with the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt LEADER action group and the IBA Thüringen are working together to develop the outstanding qualities of the landscape as a uniting element that fosters local identity and shapes the image of the region to attract new guests from further a eld to the Schwarzatal.

In 2018 four landscape architecture offices were invited to the Schwarzatal to develop sustainable visions for the future of the cultural landscape. The chosen concept by ‘MAN MADE LAND’ and ‘fabulism’ envisages the 140-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a connecting element. The team proposed a range of smaller and larger interventions — entitled ‘Waldfrische’, ‘Wasserfrische’, ‘Wiesenfrische’ and ‘Dorffrische’ — to highlight the qualities of the woodland, water, meadows and villages so typical of the landscape, and to strengthen the local economy.

 

Dates 
18 September 2020 to 20 September 2020
Location 
Schwarzatal
Germany
Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

New uses for a historical estate: A country seat for the local university

Perched high up on the ledge of a steep limestone ridge overlooking the Saale valley is a row of three castles, with the Old Castle at one end. It is a perfect spot to while away a few hours in the sun or enjoy the well-kept gardens and panoramic view across the valley. The Old Castle, now restored, has been used by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena since 2005 as a conference centre and meeting location but it provides no overnight accommodation.

Behind the Old Castle is the Dornburg Estate, an ensemble of buildings including the former granary, tenant’s house, old pharmacy, manor and a row of barns. Unlike the castles, the buildings are in a state of disrepair. Formerly used to supply the university in Jena, the estate was used for agricultural purposes during GDR times, but has remained vacant since German reunification. The municipality of Dornburg-Camburg, the Friedrich Schiller University and the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation are working together with the IBA Thuringia to revitalise the empty estate buildings. The reactivation of historical sites for use by public institutions establishes synergies and reciprocal connections between the town and country. Various scenarios are in discussion ranging from the expansion of the university’s facilities to include overnight accommodation, to the refurbishment of the individual historical buildings as a place for working and living.

As flexible working patterns become more widespread and people become more mobile, the connection between Jena and Dornburg can benefit from the potential of the urban-rural StadtLand of Thuringia. Few places offer the opportunity to switch so easily between the high-tech facilities of the present day and historical legacy of the past.

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

New places of learning: Pupils, parents and teachers reprogram their school

Investment in schools in Germany has trailed behind new developments for several decades, leaving many municipalities facing major challenges. In addition, the existing school building regulations no longer meet current teaching standards, educational formats and inclusion requirements.

This was the starting point for the IBA StadtLand School project on the outskirts of Weimar. In an extensive participation process, the town, teachers, parents and pupils of the Jenaplan School came together to discuss their needs and expectations and the corresponding building requirements. A team of experts is now translating these into a concrete building project. The knowledge gained concerning aspects such as use concepts and spatial configurations will also be documented and made accessible to others in the form of a SCHULBAU OPEN SOURCE planning toolkit for future school building projects. The intention is to help other municipalities and planners benefit from useful experience and to save costs.

The project is being carried out in close cooperation and with support from the Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft, which has many years’ experience in the field of modern teaching concepts and school construction.

The socially oriented Montag Stiftung foundation has spent nearly a decade promoting innovative advances in school design and modern teaching concepts. The aim is to develop forward-looking school buildings that provide a good-quality environment and facilitate contemporary education concepts for everyone. The SCHULBAU OPEN SOURCE planning toolkit collects together valuable knowledge on the design, planning and development of schools and makes it available to others. The objective is to develop a tool for architects that can assist in the design of school buildings and at the same time to provide a framework of quality parameters with which school authorities can plan actively and con dently for the future.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Am Hartwege 2
99425 Weimar
Germany
Sponsoren
IBA Project Coordination

Tobias Haag
Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67
tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Articles / Links

›Schule planen und bauen‹ Blog der Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Building culture for mobility

In the immediate vicinity of an important archaeological site from the early Bronze Age, a new concept for a modern motorway service station is being built at ‘Leubinger Fürstenhügel’ on the A71 motorway.

In 2014, the DEGES, the United Germany Highways Planning and Construction Agency, in cooperation with the IBA Thüringen, announced an interdisciplinary design competition for the design of the motorway service station. The competition procedure, which is rare for service areas but represents an important step towards improving the architectural quality of infrastructure facilities, invited entries from interdisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects and communications designers. The prizewinning design embeds the ensemble of services buildings in the context of the gently undulating hilly landscape and its historical background.

As the concession holder, Shell Oil Germany will operate the motorway services for a period of approximately 30 years. From 2020 onwards, a stopover at the motorway services on the A71 promises to be a new, memorable experience.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Ulrike Rothe

Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-12

ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Germany
Competition organiser on behalf of the Free State of Thuringia

Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH; DEGES Projektleiterin Britta Sauter