Dornburg, Historical estates

Dornburg, Historical estates

How do we get out into the country, what entices us to stay?

Dornburg is a typical community in Thuringia: a small locality within a larger administrative district, with around 1000 inhabitants, above-average age demographics and no local stores. But Dornburg is also special: situated atop a shell limestone ledge overlooking the Saale Valley, it is home to one of the most beautiful park-and-castle ensembles in the region – the three Dornburger Schlösser. The Old Castle is used regularly by Jena University as a location for meetings and events while the Rococo and Renaissance Castles are museums run by the Palace, Castle and Gardens Trust of Thuringia.

The problem is that ‘The Balcony of Thuringia’, as it is affectionately known, is for visitors either just a brief stopover, or else entirely inaccessible. Dornburg has nothing to entice tourists and day-trippers to stay for longer: no restaurants and no rooms to stay the night. In addition, the road up from the valley is regularly closed as the wall of rock is porous and beyond repair.

The specific quality of the IBA Candidate is its overall strategy with respect to locality and landscape. The project enlists the help of an entire region to improve the lasting attraction of the village: the local municipality, Jena University, the Palace, Castle and Gardens Trust as well as local residents from Dornburg and Camburg. The aim is to establish new standards for building culture through a series of small-scale contextual developments and alternative organisational and financial models. These have the potential to make the image of Thuringia’s cultural landscape fit for the future.

StadtLand Gespräch Dornburg
12 September 2015

StadtLand Gespräch Dornburg

Die Mobile Architektur zum Stadtland Gespräch in Dornburg.

Blick aufs Land mit dem Periskop der mobilen StadtLand-Architektur.

Podium des Gesprächs: Frank Baumgarten, Vorstand Stiftung Landleben; Dr. Reimar Molitor, Geschäftsführender Vorstand Region Köln/Bonn; Dorothea Storch, Bürgermeisterin Dornburg-Camburg; Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Präsident Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena; Clemens Böhmer, Architekt und Vorstand ‚Ein Dorf wird Wirt’ Dorfsaal Altenau eG; Kerstin Faber, Projektleiterin IBA Thüringen; Dr. Marta Doheler-Behzadi, Geschäftsführerin IBA Thüringen.

  1. Parallel zum IBA StadtLand Gespräch wurden die Studentenarbeiten 'Schöner Wohnen bei Dornröschen' der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Professur Entwerfen und Wohnungsbau, als Ausstellung öffentlich präsentiert.

Das IBA StadtLand Gespräch in Dornburg wurde durch die Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) gefördert.


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Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67