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)

BUILD Modern Province

In towns and cities, open spaces serve as vital areas of ‘green infrastructure’. Across the land, stretches of landscapes are becoming ‘green energy sources’. The IBA Thüringen fosters new prototypes and exemplary model projects that offer contemporary ideas for Thuringia’s cultural landscape at both large and small scales. How can we make productive landscapes more of an experience, and experienced landscapes more productive?

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 

Momentan keine Termine

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
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
Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Thüringer Meer, Architecture Tourism

Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Baukultur and tourism: Waterfront architecture on the shores of Germany’s largest inland reservoir

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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
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 ur- ban 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 nd 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 oor 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

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

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

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Changing locations in Thüringen
Germany
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

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director

Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Schloss 1
98630 Bedheim
Germany
Träger
Förderer
Planungsbeteiligte
Bauausführung
  • Bauleitung und Bauausführung: 
  • Philipp Bader (Zimmerer und Msc. Architektur),
  • Albert Liebermann (Buchbinder)
  •  
  • Bauausführung:
  • 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)
  • und das gesamte Studio Gründer Kirfel
  • Teilnehmende des internationalen Workcamps
  • Studierende der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar im Rahmen der Bauwerkstätten 2017 und 2018
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.

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

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.