Region Seltenrain, Gesundheitskioske

Cooperative healthcare in rural areas

As reported in the media, in September 2022, the German Federal Minister of Health promised the establishment of 1,000 Gesundheitskioske (health kiosks) in cities. The Seltenrain village region is already implementing them in rural areas: Here, the cross-municipality foundation Landleben and its affiliated association Landengel e.V. are building a new healthcare, nursing, and service network for the rural region in Blankenburg, Bruchstedt, Kirchheilingen, Sundhausen, Tottleben, and Urleben. This addresses a core issue of rural areas, namely how to ensure healthcare and at the same time organize social cohesion. As part of the IBA Thüringen, four health kiosks are being built in a contemporary timber construction, located in central locations at the bus stops. The concept aims not only to offer healthcare services but also to avoid social isolation and unite care, elderly assistance, and welfare in rural regions. The population can receive advice on health and social issues in the kiosks and, thanks to telemedicine, does not have to travel far for medical examinations. The Seltenrain region is thus becoming a model case for rural healthcare and demonstrating that good offers for better quality of life are possible even outside the city with the help of committed actors.

To give this new social infrastructure a spatial and design identity as a guiding system, the actors together with IBA Thüringen embarked on a parallel path. The idea of health kiosks emerged from village conversations under the guidance of IBA Thüringen. Executed as small, versatile, and quickly heated rooms in addition to their function as bus stops, residents of other municipalities can participate in the healthcare services.

The health kiosks with bus stops are a spatially visible guiding system for a new infrastructure throughout Germany, designed as small-scale architecture.
Gesundheitskiosk_Blankenburg_Pasel-K Architects.jpg
PASEL-K Architects from Berlin developed a design manual on behalf of the IBA Thüringen that conceives the maximum 25 square meter kiosks as an architectural family that forms a cohesive whole despite different locations. Design manual by PASEL-K Architects, Berlin.

The first four health kiosks are being built with the support of the state of Thuringia and funds for promoting local basic services. They will be realized in different types of wooden constructions, with resource-efficient and circular building principles firmly integrated into the project. The wooden buildings are untreated, powered by solar energy, and provide electricity for electric mobility. Connected charging stations for e-bikes and e-cars are intended to improve the mobility options in the region. The experimental buildings are sustainably designed, with insulation made from wood wool or blown cellulose, and are socially sustainable since various local stakeholders were involved in the development and implementation from the beginning. To demonstrate exemplary variations of wooden construction, experiments were conducted with roofing and wall structures, as well as facade constructions. The experimental nature of the project serves both the development of prototype buildings and the development of new cooperations.

Gesundheitskiosk Urleben Band durchschneiden_Foto Thomas Müller
Christopher Kaufmann, Ronald Schmöller, Estella Ehrich-Schmöller, Prof. Dr. Edgar Franke, Harald Zanker, Bodo Ramelow, Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Dr. h.c. Helmut Hildebrandt, Prof. Ralf Pasel, Kerstin Faber, Steven Renner, and Frank Baumgarten (left to right) at the opening of the first Health Kiosk in Urleben in November 2022.
Gesundheitskiosk Kirchheilingen_Fotograf Thomas Müller
The completion of the health kiosk in Kirchheilingen followed, where the Landleben Foundation also has its headquarters.

The future operator of the health kiosks is the company ›Gesundes Landleben‹ founded in October 2022 by the foundation ›Stiftung Landleben‹ and the Hamburg social enterprise OptiMedis AG. The care in the health kiosks will be organized through the preventive care program AGATHE. By spring 2023, all four kiosks will be completed. Furthermore, a telemedicine offer will be provided starting in 2023, connecting patients with medical specialists and supported by AGATHE and a cooperatively organized and freely accessible internet connection. Here, data will commute rather than people.

The health kiosks will be complemented by a multifunctional rural center in Sundhausen, which is also a project of the IBA Thüringen.


99955 Blankenburg

99955 Bruchstedt

99947 Kirchheilingen

Straße der Einheit
99955 Urleben

Project Partners


  • Thüringer Landesamt für Landwirtschaft und Ländlichen Raum: Förderung der integrierten Ländlichen Entwicklung und Revitalisierung von Brachflächen, Einrichtungen für lokale Basisdienstleistungen
  • Internationale Bauausstellung Thüringen GmbH

Articles/ Links

IBA Project Manager

Kerstin Faber


221025 Landengel_compressed.pdf [pdf]
Gespräch mit Christopher Kaufmann_IBA Magazin 2022.pdf [pdf]


Gesundheitskioske im IBA Finale 2023
Gesundheitskiosk Urleben eröffnet
IBA Fachbeirat empfiehlt Projektstatus für die ›Gesundheitskioske‹
Design-Manual für ›Gesundheitskioske‹ erstellt
Landengel e.V. wird IBA Kandidat
Landengel e.V. wird IBA Projekt

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