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?

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Blankenhain, Vivendium

Body and spirit: A church as a centre for health therapies

Local stakeholders want to develop a common space for spirituality and therapies in the Church of St. Severi in Blankenhain. A corresponding lighting and furnishing concept is currently being developed. The church with health focus is the latest project from the ‘Querdenker’ call for ideas in 2017 to achieve IBA project status.

 

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

Schwarzatal, Haus Bräutigam

New urban-rural connection: Association redevelops Sommerfrische residence

The ‘Haus Bräutigam’ association is developing a former ‘Sommerfrische’ summer holiday residence in Schwarzburg into a place for short-term living and working after the ‘Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal’ stepped in and saved the building in the centre of the village from demolition. The communally organised project for the resource-efficient reconstruction and conversion of the disused building is intended as a model for similar initiatives in the village, region and beyond.

‘Haus Bräutigam’ also represents a new symbiotic urban-rural connection. In addition to acquiring IBA project status, the association has also been granted funding from the ‘Rural Development in Thuringia’ initiative as part of the ‘European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development’. In autumn 2019, work began on gutting earlier alterations and removing the applied facade to expose the house’s original half-timbered appearance.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Haus Bräutigam
Am Schloßberg 10
07427 Schwarzburg
Germany
Förderer
  • Thüringer Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Lamdwirtschaft:
  • Maßnahmen und Projekte der Regionalentwicklung und zur Gestaltung der Folgen des demografischen Wandels
  • Revitalisierung von Brachflächen
Ansprechpartnerin

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

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Small-scale renewal: 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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Krobitz
Germany
Träger
Partner
Planungsbeteiligte und Künstler
Bauausführung
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

Reconciling worship and tourism: Sacral sanctuary as wayside hostel

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.

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Schwarzatal, Döschnitz holiday

Sommerfrische in local history museum: Modern vacation 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
Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

Open Factory: 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.
 

After various interim uses, the IBA moved into the former industrial building in 2018 and hosted the IBA interim presentation in 2019. Some 10,000 visitors used the opportunity and got to know the Eiermannbau and appreciate its qualities through guided tours, events or the ‘StadtLand’ exhibition. In the coming years the entire site, including two buildings with a gross floor area of around 7,500 square metres and a two-hectare plot of land, will be developed and expanded step by step. Grant funding amounting to 5.31 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Building as part of the National Urban Development Projects programme has been secured through the town of Apolda with the support of the IBA Thüringen, and will be used to implement measures to enable sustainable use of the building as an open factory and to ensure good accessibility to the site. The Eiermannbau is owned by the State Development Corporation (LEG) of Thuringia, and the IBA is its first tenant. It will continue developing the former fire-extinguisher factory until the final year of the IBA Thüringen in 2023. The IBA Thüringen is working hand in hand with the city of Apolda and the LEG Thüringen to develop the site.

Dates 
13 September 2020
Location 
Auenstraße 11
99510 Apolda
Germany
Träger
Kooperationspartner
Ansprechpartner

Katja Fischer
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-11
katja.fischer@iba-thueringen.de

Christoph Grube
Projektmitarbeiter Open Factory
Telefon +49 3644 51832-04
christoph.grube@iba-thueringen.de

Dorothee Schmidt 
Vermietung und Vermarktung 
Telefon +49 3644 518 32-06‬‬
dorothee.schmidt@iba-thueringen.de

Alexander Stief
Projektmitarbeiter Open Factory
Telefon +49 3644 518 32-03
alexander.stief@iba-thueringen.de

Links / weiterführende Infos zum Prozess
Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

Thuringia, 2000 churches

New perspectives through transformation: 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. 

From 19 to 22 September 2019, over 350 guests discussed future uses for churches as part of the national German Protestant Church Construction Conference in Erfurt. Eight projects from the ‘Querdenker’ (think lateral!) call for ideas in 2017 demonstrated how churches can not only reopen but be revitalised as public spaces. IBA project leader Ulrike Rothe accompanied excursions to the Chapel of St Anna in Krobitz, where ‘organ’, a sculptural installation in the form of a gas-powered pyrophone, opened in 2017. It serves as an inspirational example of how a sensitive intervention has not only helped a small Romanesque chapel reopen to the public but has also revived it as a venue for interaction, music and prayer.

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Ulrike Rothe

Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-12

ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
Partner
Kuratorische Projektleitung & Planung
Kuratorenboard
  • Veronique Faucheur, Oberkirchenrat Christian Fuhrmann, Florian Heilmeyer, Prof. Barbara Holzer, Jürg Montalta, Anne Schönharting, Dr. Barabra Steiner und Tom Unverzagt 
Beteiligte bei den Querdenker Salons
  • Dr. Dankward Guratzsch, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann, Dr. Stefan Krämer, Holger Reinhardt, Dr. Mathias Rein, Elke Bergt, Marcus Schmidt, Dr. Sonja Beeck, Jürgen Willinghöfer, Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Ulrike Rothe, Lisa-Marie Hottenrott und Oliver Weiland 
Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

Dornburg, Estate

New uses for a historical 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.