Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Rest area redesigned: Building culture for mobility

In 2014, the United Germany Highways Planning and Construction Agency DEGES, in cooperation with the IBA Thüringen, announced a design competition for a new motorway service area. The competition, a relatively rare occurrence for service stations, invited entries from interdisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects and communications designers as a step towards improving the architectural quality of infrastructure facilities. In September 2017, Shell Oil Germany was awarded the contract as concession holder for the motorway services.

Parallel to the construction process, archaeological investigations have been tak- ing place since 2016 on the nearby Fürstenhügel in Leubing. In 2019, a small barrow and Late Bronze Age graves were discovered as part of work on the largest still intact Early Bronze Age burial mound in Central Europe. The concept of a ‘time travel route’ from the motorway services station to the Fürstenhügel was proposed as part of the project and is currently taking shape.

Shell Oil Germany will operate the motorway services for a period of approximately 30 years after opening. The structure for supporting the roof of the service area is due to be hoisted into place in summer and Leubinger Fürstenhügel Motorway Services plans to open in the second half of the year 2020.