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)

REUSE Vacant Properties

The IBA Thüringen examines practical, tangible ways of making use of the potential of vacant property in the towns and country and is embarking on an initiative to match unused buildings with new uses. The influx of refugees has given fresh impetus to this topic. To this end, the IBA Thüringen is seeking model projects for activating and converting vacant buildings and for piloting new methods and design approaches. Given the urgency of the current situation, the mechanisms of current standards, norms and procedures must be re-evaluated. The IBA asks: How much is good enough? How quickly do we need to act? and how can we still cultivate Baukultur in the process?

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

A chapel resounds with music

Until recently, the small Chapel of St Anna served just once a year as a place of congregation. Villagers from Krobitz in the Saale-Orla district came together to celebrate Ascension – outdoors, due to the dilapidated state of the interior.

The turnaround came in response to an open call for new and unconventional ideas for churches as part of the ‘STADTLAND:Church’ exhibition in 2017 initiated by the EKM Evangelical Church in Central Germany and the IBA Thüringen. The renowned international artist Carsten Nicolai gave the 11th century Romanesque chapel a new musical heart: a sculptural installation entitled ‘organ’ in the form of a gas-powered pyrophone made especially for the chapel in 2017. The unusual musical instrument has since attracted hundreds of visitors to the chapel and other artists have now also been invited to contribute new compositions. The interior of the chapel was renovated with a few simple additions including a new rammed earth floor and a simple wooden bench around the perimeter. With minimal means, the chapel has been revived as a place of congregation, prayer, music and Baukultur.

The art space of the Chapel of St Anna is the first project to be realised from the ‘STADTLAND:Church’ call for ideas, and is an inspirational example of how the creative co-use of sacred spaces can stimulate and foster a sense of community.

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Rückblick auf die 2. Saison 2018 in Krobitz
28 December 2018

Musikalische Intervention in Krobitz

Sie reagierte mit Quarz-Glas-Schalen und der Dresdner Künstler Jan Heinke mit einem Stahlcello, Oberton-Gesang und verschiedenen Blashörnern auf die 12-minütige Komposition von Carsten Nicolai, die auf der gasbetriebenen Orgel mit 25 Glaspfeifen zu hören ist. Es entwickelte sich eine faszinierende Klang – und Raumkomposition in der alten romanischen Kapelle. Foto: Henry Sowinski

Insgesamt besuchten 2018 700 Gäste die St. Annen-Kapelle in Krobitz. Viele kamen aus den umliegenden Dörfern sowie aus den angrenzenden Städten wie Saalfeld und Jena. Aber auch aus Leipzig und Berlin und sogar aus Norwegen und Mexiko kamen Interessierte. Die Tore der St. Annen-Kapelle geöffnet, die gasbetriebene Orgel gewartet und über das IBA Projekt informiert haben die Mitglieder des Freundeskreises der kleinen Kirche, der sich 2017 gebildet hat. Foto: Henry Sowinski

On an Amazing Resonance Space
21 March 2018

On an Amazing Resonance Space
Interview with Carsten Nicolai

But above all an acoustic space?

Churches are acoustically perhaps the most complicated places. They have such a high reverberation, so strong a resonance at certain frequencies that one quickly understands that a church interior is always a huge resonance space. It should be swinging at people, as an amplifier ultimately of the word and the music. People’s religious faith should be strengthened as a whole. The church interior is more than a classical instrument, it is a resonance body.

organ exhibits another classical element of the chapel: the flame, the eternal light.

Flames have their own archaism beyond Christian symbolism. The primordial elements fire, water, air, and earth—basically one has everything there. organ plays on these basic elements. When the flame begins to resonate, then you see the air rise and the flame changes its color: the playing flame becomes blue, the non-playing flame remains yellow. The visitor will connect the fire with the sound; in principle, one has a visualization of the sound; that is the beauty of this synesthetic aspect. The flame is the light source and the fire at the same time. In winter, organ will also heat the church. Moreover, the flames deprive the environment of oxygen, so there is a rudimentary lack of oxygen. But this will not happen at the church in Krobitz, because it is too porous due to its age.

In the best sense, this sounds archaic, timeless, and somehow also meditative.

Yes, it is what one conceptualized the least in the beginning. Actually, it is a return to the original use of such spaces. That is the beauty.

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Improvisationskonzert mit Matthias von Hintzenstern zur Kunstinstallation ‚organ’
24 August 2017

Improvisationskonzert mit Matthias von Hintzenstern zur Kunstinstallation ‚organ’

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Kunstprojekt ‚organ’ zieht rund 200 Besucher in lange verschlossene Kapelle
28 June 2017

Kunstprojekt ‚organ’ zieht rund 200 Besucher in lange verschlossene Kapelle

Rund 200 Besucher kamen zum Eröffnungswochenende der skulpturalen Arbeit ‚organ’ nach Krobitz. Foto: Thomas Müller

Die Kunstkapelle St. Anna in Krobitz ist im Rahmen der IBA Kandidatur der Evangelischen Kirche Mitteldeutschland entstanden.

Die St.-Anna-Kapelle in Weira stammt aus dem 11. Jahrhundert. Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Lange Jahre war die St.-Anna-Kapelle ungenutzt und für die Öffentlichkeit unzugänglich. Foto: Thomas Müller

IBA Projektleiterin Ulrike Rothe im Gespräch mit dem Künstler Carsten Nicolai.

Das von Carsten Nicolai geschriebene Stück dauert etwa zwölf Minuten. Foto: Thomas Müller

Im Gegensatz zur klassischen (Kirchen-) Orgel erzeugen hier Flammen die Töne, indem sie die Luft in den Glaszylindern zum Schwingen bringen.

Foto: Thomas Müller

Foto: Gernot Lindemann

Elke Bergt von der Evangelischen Kirche Mitteldeutschland dankte am Ende des Gespräches allen, die am Vorhaben mitgewirkt und dieses unterstützt sowie gefördert haben. Dazu zählen der Künstler Carsten Nicolai mit seinem Team von yamaguchi-ufficio d’arte und WERKSTATT 4, die Evangelisch-lutherische Kirchengemeinde Weira / Krobitz mit dem amtierenden Superintendent und Pfarrer, die politische Gemeinde Weira, die Kulturstiftung des Bundes, das Regionalmanagment LEADER des Saale-Oral-Kreises mit dem Amt für Landesentwicklung und Flurneuordnung Gera, das Architekturbüro nitschke+kollegen, die Tischlerei Herden und der Stampflehmbauer Hoppert Handwerk & Design sowie der Restorator Olaf Lindner, das Büro für Szenografie chezweitz und das Team der IBA Thüringen sowie der EKM.

Bei frischen Sauerteigbrot und Altenburger Ziegenkäse mit Lauchzwiebeln sowie Roséwein und Apfelsaft aus der Region klang der Sommerabend zum Johannisfest beim Feuer aus. Erfüllt von dem Kunstwerk ‚organ’ und der St.-Anna-Kapelle fuhren die Gäste beeindruckt, angeregt und beflügelt nach Hause, um wieder zu kommen!

OTZ: Feuer, Licht und Klänge in der St.-Annen-Kapelle in Krobitz

Gelungene Eröffnung der Querdenker-Ausstellung
16 May 2017

Gelungene Eröffnung der Querdenker-Ausstellung

Hunderte Ideen wurden 2016 zum Ideenaufruf eingereicht, viele davon als Video. Foto: Thomas Müller

Vor der Kirche steht ein gelbes Haus, an dem die Besucher kreativ werden und neue Nutzungsvorschläge für Kirchengebäude entwickeln können: Der Ideengenerator. Foto: Thomas Müller

Mehr Bilder auf querdenker2017.de.

 

Rückblick auf die 3. Saison 2019 in Krobitz
27 November 2019

Rückblick auf die 3. Saison 2019 in Krobitz

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Krobitz
Deutschland
Träger

· Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland
· Kirchengemeinde in Weira
· Gemeinde Krobitz/Weira in der VG Oppurg
· Freundeskreis

Planungsbeteiligte

· Carsten Nicolai
· nitschke + kollegen architekten, Weimar

Ansprechpartnerin

Ulrike Rothe
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Neustadt am Rennsteig, St Michael's Church

Neustadt am Rennsteig, Michael's Church

Neustadt am Rennsteig, St Michael's Church

Religious sanctuary and wayside shelter: Reconciling worship and tourism

The Thüringer Wald attracts hikers and wanderers from all over Germany. Its most famous route, the Rennsteig Trail, runs along its ridge and provides not only an opportunity to explore the unspoilt wooded landscape of Thuringia but also to discover some unusual places to stay.

In Neustadt am Rennsteig, local representatives and outside experts came together to find a new concept for the future of Michael’s Church as part of an open call for innovative and unconventional ideas organised in 2017 by the Evangelical Church in Central Germany and the IBA Thüringen. An initial provisional solution was implemented in 2017, followed by a more permanent installation in 2018 in the form of a sleeping niche for passing hikers in the rearward section of the neo-Romanesque church, whose tower rises over the choir. The church can now provide shelter for up to two people per night and has already hosted 93 overnight guests in 2018 alone. Further possible uses are also in planning: the congregation has proposed yoga courses, a library and a communal cooking and dining area as part of an initiative to turn the church into a modern place for the community.

Michael’s Church is the first of a series of wayside church-shelters along the Rennsteig Trail through the Thüringer Wald. It represents a model solution for the conversion and ongoing use of churches that has since attracted international attention.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Rennsteig
Germany
Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Schwarzatal, Holiday in Döschnitz

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Sommerfrische in local history museum: Modern vacationing in traditional timber-frame architecture

How can the once-popular tourist destination of the Schwarzatal attract visitors back to the region? Lina Maria Mentrup, an architect from Jena, has set the ball rolling with an economical insertion within the beautiful but no longer inhabited building of the local history museum in Döschnitz.
Her design for a modern furnished apartment in the historic listed building is the first of the IBA’s ‘Sommerfrische’ projects in the Schwarzatal valley. With carefully measured, sensitive interventions, the project demonstrates how empty houses in the region can be economically revived for use while respecting the historical building fabric. Completed in April 2018, the first guests from Jena took up residence on the day it opened. The apartment has since been booked out throughout the summer weekends as a base from which to explore the region. The conversion of further rooms in the museum is planned.
The IBA project represents a first important step towards reactivating vacant buildings and attracting new visitors to the Schwarzatal.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
07429 Döschnitz
Germany
Träger

· Gemeinde Döschnitz in der VG Mittleres
  Schwarzatal
· Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal e.V.
· Sommerfrische Schwarzatal e.V.

Planungsbeteiligte
Contact person

Ulrike Rothe
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Collective reactiva­tion of a disused architectural icon

Somewhat hidden along a side street in Apolda, the Eiermannbau is no more than a 10-minute walk away from the railway station. The iconic building from the 1930s is now a modernist monument and exemplifies the design principles of its architect Egon Eiermann: logic, purity and clarity. Initially a weaving mill and later a fire extinguisher factory, the building has stood vacant for many years. Today, its large blue-framed windows still look out over industrial wasteland where production works once stood, the view extending as far as the allotments and slab blocks in the distance.

In Jena or Weimar, a building of this calibre would not stand empty, but the demolition of the historical monument was out of the question. From an ecological and economic standpoint, options need to be explored – conservation, reuse, conversion or recycling – that can recast vacant property as a valuable resource for the future, also in locations like Apolda.

In 2017, the LEG Thüringen State Development Agency took over ownership of the Eiermannbau. The LEG has experience of tackling the problem of vacant property throughout the region. Together with IBA Thüringen, it is pursuing an innovative approach in Apolda: by granting an exclusive option period, it has given the IBA Thüringen the opportunity to gradually and successively develop a concept for the building by 2023. The aim is, in the direct vicinity of the booming towns of Weimar and Jena, to establish the Eiermannbau as a lighthouse project for the sustainable reactivation of vacant buildings that can serve as a model for other locations and buildings in Thuringia. By asking how much, or how little, is enough, the IBA aims to reappraise the assumptions of prevailing building standards and usage models: What investments are really necessary? How can rents be made affordable? And, how can a modernist architectural icon be turned into a diverse environment for creative minds and makers – into an Open Factory.

Dates 
27 June 2020 to 28 June 2020
13 September 2020 - 11:00 to 17:00
Contact person 

Katja Fischer

Project director
Phone +49 3644 51832-11
katja.fischer@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Auenstraße 11
99510 Apolda
Germany
Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

Creative ideas and new uses for sacred buildings

While churches invariably stand at the heart of their locality, their central role in society has shifted over time. In Thuringia, 99% of the nearly 2000 protestant churches are historic listed buildings. Architecturally and culturally, they serve as defining landmarks and bearers of identity but the sheer number of buildings in need of upkeep presents a challenge.

Aside from the expense of their maintenance, many are no longer regularly in use. As the number of churchgoers decreases, church congregations find it increasingly difficult to look after their treasured place of worship. The long-term consequence is a loss of key meeting places in the community.

Together with the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, the IBA Thüringen is seeking model ideas for empty churches that not only benefit the respective congregations but also offer contemporary perspectives for their use within the community. An open call for new, unconventional ideas in 2017 brought forth over 500 ideas that were presented in an exhibition in the Kaufmannskirche in Erfurt, seen by more than 20,000 people. Of the seven model projects that will be realised as part of the IBA process, two have been completed: the Art Chapel of St Anna in Krobitz and wayside shelter at St Michael’s Church in Neustadt am Rennsteig.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Ulrike Rothe

Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-12

ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
Partners

Thüringer Staatskanzlei
Thüringer Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie
Diakonie Mitteldeutschland                                                                     
Bischöfliches Bauamt
Regionale Partner aus Kirchengemeinden vor Ort
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

A country seat for the local university

Perched high up on the ledge of a steep limestone ridge overlooking the Saale valley is a row of three castles, with the Old Castle at one end. It is a perfect spot to while away a few hours in the sun or enjoy the well-kept gardens and panoramic view across the valley. The Old Castle, now restored, has been used by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena since 2005 as a conference centre and meeting location but it provides no overnight accommodation.

Behind the Old Castle is the Dornburg Estate, an ensemble of buildings including the former granary, tenant’s house, old pharmacy, manor and a row of barns. Unlike the castles, the buildings are in a state of disrepair. Formerly used to supply the university in Jena, the estate was used for agricultural purposes during GDR times, but has remained vacant since German reunification. The municipality of Dornburg-Camburg, the Friedrich Schiller University and the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation are working together with the IBA Thuringia to revitalise the empty estate buildings. The reactivation of historical sites for use by public institutions establishes synergies and reciprocal connections between the town and country. Various scenarios are in discussion ranging from the expansion of the university’s facilities to include overnight accommodation, to the refurbishment of the individual historical buildings as a place for working and living.

As flexible working patterns become more widespread and people become more mobile, the connection between Jena and Dornburg can benefit from the potential of the urban-rural StadtLand of Thuringia. Few places offer the opportunity to switch so easily between the high-tech facilities of the present day and historical legacy of the past.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Dornburg-Camburg
Germany