Above the Ilmpark, not far from Georg Muche’s ‘Haus am Horn’ built in 1923, is the architecturally interesting residential 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.
An international architectural competition was organised inviting original ideas for student housing. The selected design by the young architecture firm Almannai und Fischer from Munich refrains from the typical anonymous juxtaposition of small apartments, and instead gives prominence to light-filled communal areas: each floor comprises a spacious shared living area with individual private spaces for the students’ personal use.
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.