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)

Projects
Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

Nordhausen, Quartier Nord

A town, university and region develop a new joint energy and landscape strategy

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. 

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

New options for urban-rural public transport connections

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come togehter in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Thuringia is rich in castles and palaces. Schwarzburg Castle, seat of the former Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, has a particularly remarkable and varied history. In 1919, Friedrich Ebert, the first President of Germany, signed the democratic constitution of the Weimar Republic in Schwarzburg. Some 20 years later, the main building of the baroque complex was gutted and remodelled for use as a guesthouse for officials of the Third Reich. Never completed, the castle and its outbuildings remained empty after 1945 and fell into disrepair. 
Schwarzburg Castle, with its chequered history, serves a poignant reminder of the challenges facing society and is intended to become an open forum and think-tank which, together with the ‘House of Democracy in Weimar’, will communicate the democratic foundations of our society. With the inclusion of Schwarzburg Castle in the Federal Programme of National Urban Development Projects in 2017, financing for the project was secured. Since then, the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation has begun the design and fitting out of two rooms of the castle, which opened as a ‘show site’ on the occasion of the centenary of the first German democratic constitution in February 2019. Further rooms will be successively converted and put to use over time. The project partners are the municipality of Schwarzburg and the local ‘Schloss Schwarzburg – Denkort der Demokratie e.V.’ association.

The castle is intended as a centre for project work and democratic education for politically-interested visitors, initiatives and associations of all ages at a historically significant location in the heart of rural Thuringia.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Schloss Schwarzburg
Schloßstraße
07427 Schwarzburg
Germany
Träger

· Gemeinde Schwarzburg in der
  VG Mittleres Schwarzatal
· Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten
· Förderverein Schloss Schwarzburg
  Denkort der Demokratie e.V.

Partner

· Landkreis Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
· Haus der Demokratie Weimar/
  Weimarer Republik e. V.
· Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal e.V.
· Partnerschaften für Demokratie
  Saalfeld-Rudolstadt

Planungsbeteiligte
Ansprechpartnerin

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

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

A situation typical of many rural areas is that while the trains till run, the station building is no longer open. Königsee-Rottenbach in the traditional holiday region of thSchwarzatal is no different: tourists are greeted by the forlorn prospect of a defunct railway station.

The municipality of Rottenbach plans to change this: after purchasing their railway station, they have begun renovating and converting it to serve as a new ‘Gateway to the Schwarzatal’. When completed, the station building will be run by a cooperative as a shop selling local produce to the local community. At the same time, visitors will be able to savour regional produce on arriving in the Schwarzatal. In addition, the square in front of the railway station will become a transport hub linking bus, train, car and bicycle transport – an interchange between regional and local transport networks. The design and materials of the public transport facilities take cues from the landscape of the surroundings, using regional materials and landscaped islands that look like small farm gardens.

By shopping at the station shop, the people of Rottenbach and its neighbouring municipalities create a regional cycle of supply and demand. They strengthen the local economy and identity and in turn contribute to making the Schwarzatal an attractive place to live and to spend one’s holidays.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Bahnhof Rottenbach
Am Bahnhof
07422 Rottenbach
Germany
Träger

· Stadt Königsee-Rottenbach
· Genossenschaft BahnHofladen Rottenbach e. G.

Ansprechpartnerin

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

Links

· MDR Beitrag 2018
· Filmdoku von 1985
  'Reichsbahner Jahn'

Nordhausen, Altendorfer Kirchviertel

Nordhausen, town and region

Nordhausen, Altendorfer Kirchviertel

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come togehter in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

 

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Hybrid landscapes

How can we find new ways of seeing and describing landscapes? How can we reimagine and re-evaluate the concept and image of the landscape? And how can landscape, and with it agriculture, be reconceived and redesigned from a sustainable perspective?

The IBA Thüringen and the Künstlerhaus Thüringen association are working together with the farming organisations Landwirtschaft Kannawurf Betriebsgesellschaft mbH and agrar-GmbH Oldisleben to explore answers to these questions. A model for a new landscape typology for the 21st century is being developed for an area of 1,500 hectares. The aim is to enhance the (agricultural) landscape by consistently taking into account its design and visual characteristics as well as the impact of aspects such as ecology, economy and perception as well as education on the experience of the (agricultural) landscape. Every intervention in the landscape becomes a creative means that acts in combination with and in the context of all other means, as well in the context of the wider landscape of Kannawurf and its surroundings, contributing to the perception and experience of the (agricultural) landscape.

The elaboration and model implementation of a new landscape typology in Kannawurf aims to raise awareness of the way in which we develop and engage with the landscape, and to explore new perspectives for its agricultural use.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
06578 Kannawurf
Germany
Projektträger
Förderer

Europäischer Landwirtschaftsfond für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums: Hier investiert Europa in die ländlichen Gebiete (ELER) und der Freistaat Thüringen

Planungsbeteiligte

· quartier vier, Leipzig
· Team des IBA Campus 2017

Partner

· Landwirtschaft Kannawurf
  Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
· agrar-GmbH Oldisleben

Ansprechpartnerin

Kerstin Faber
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

Krobitz, St. Annen-Kapelle

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.

Opening hours 2019, 2 pm - 6 pm:

21st April
5th May
30th May 
2nd June
23rd June 
7th July
4th August
1st September

More 
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.

Downloads 
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.

 

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Krobitz
Germany
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

Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Thüringer Meer

Thüringer Meer, Longhouse and Holiday Wharf

Baukultur and tourism

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.

Der 1. Preis: Der Entwurf und die Gesamtidee eines Langhauses mit durchgehender Dachkonstruktion verfolgt die Idee 'alles unter ein Dach zu bringen' und berücksichtigt damit den Aspekt des 'gemeinschaftlichen 
Wohnens'. Die Innenraumgestaltung ist sehr flexibel und passt sich somit den Bedürfnissen unterschiedlichster Zielgruppen an.

© Architekturbüro Voigt, Leipzig

Der 2. Preis: XS wird wörtlich genommen! Bis zu vier auf minimales Außenmaß reduzierte Räume fügen sich als andockbare Module um einen introvertierten Gemeinschaftsraum zu einem temporären Ferienhaus unter einem Dach zusammen. Diese Räume übernehmen dabei unterschiedlichste Funktionen: Schlaf-, Sauna-, Kino-, Wohnbereich usw. und sind individuell zuschaltbar oder abstoßbar.

© Opposite Office, München

Der 3. Preis: Rückzugsort im Wald - Die Arbeit gliedert das vorhandene Grundstück entsprechend der topografischen Zonierung als auch der vorhandenen Parameter aus der Bauleitplanung auf sinnvolle Weise.

© Amunt Martenson, Björn Martenson, Aachen, und Leonard Wertgen, Berlin

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Thüringen
Germany
Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Cooperative health care in rural areas

The association Landengel e.V. is establishing a networking platform together with various partners to provide cooperative healthcare, nursing and support services across several municipalities in the rural Seltenrain region.

The association’s aim is not just to provide health services, but also to counteract social isolation and to foster economically-viable systems for healthcare, care for the elderly and social welfare in rural areas. The concept encompasses a range of approaches including telemedicine, mobile nurses, services by citizens for citizens and, since 2019, a mobile support worker for the six communities of the region. Together with its partners, the association is developing a central rural outpatient clinic as a base for these programmes with all important services under one roof as well as several small, decentralised ‘health kiosks’ as local provision points in the surrounding communities. For optimum accessibility, these are located at the bus stops in the respective local communities and are not just for health care, but also offer space for senior citizens to meet, for skateboarding sessions, for the local youth parliament, general village gossip and as a station for mobile services such as bakers, butchers or savings banks.

The Seltenrain region is becoming a model for care provision in rural areas and shows that in times of shifting demographics, it is still possible, with the help of committed participants, to provide good services for a better quality of life in rural areas.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Kirchheilingen
Germany
Projektträger
Projektleiterin

Kerstin Faber
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@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

Gera, Häselburg

Häselburg, Gera

Gera, Häselburg

An independent cultural centre with global outlook

In the centre of Gera, a former girls’ school from the 19th century is being successively and sensitively converted into a new centre for art and culture. For many years, the ensemble of buildings stood empty before being discovered by Dr Claudia Tittel and Burkhard Schlothauer. In 2016, the two proponents of the arts started putting their idea for an open house for the arts with accompanying educational academy into practice.

Gradually, the empty old building is being reactivated with and for its future users: a gallery and seminar rooms have already opened, and the first studios have been let. Accommodation for students and refugees, as well as workshops and a place to eat are planned. This combination of living, education and the arts represents a significant and unique addition to the range of cultural facilities for the arts in Gera and East Thuringia.

The Häselburg demonstrates the potential of civic initiative, participation and a cosmopolitan outlook in a city in which many feel left behind. As a place of cultural synergies, this once abandoned school is becoming a source of diverse cultural impulses that contribute to the wider social discourse.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Projektleiter

Telefon +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Häselburg
Florian-Geyer-Straße 15
07545 Gera
Germany
Projektträger

KIM Kultur in Mitteldeutschland gGmbH

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Locals and refugees create opportunities for work and recreation

On the site of a former barracks on Beulwitzer Straße, situated between housing for refugees and a residential quarter, Saalfeld council and local education institutions are working together with local residents to create new kinds of work and recreational spaces. Around half of the participants are local residents and half refugees and displaced people. 

In summer workshops in 2017 and 2018, the new and existing residents worked jointly to explore ways of creating a place to meet and make their own. They built, celebrated and learned from one another in a series of stimulating and enjoyable encounters.

The IBA Thüringen and other partners in Thuringia are devising projects under the heading ‘Arrival StadtLand’ that address the consequences of displacement and immigration. In Saalfeld, a space made by many for use by many is evolving with the participation of creative people from the region. Neighbours new and old are consciously setting an example that strengthens the local sense of community and symbolises the openness of the urban-rural StadtLand of Thuringia.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Projektleiter

Telefon +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Gewerbegebiet Alte Kaserne
Über den Dorfwiesen
07318 Saalfeld-Beulwitz
Germany
Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Associations, residents and refugees jointly reactivate a vacant building

Migration has become an important driver of development in Thuringia. In 2016, as part of its ›Arrival StadtLand‹ initiative, the IBA Thüringen put out a call for people, places and ideas throughout Thuringia that view immigration as an opportunity and want to actively shape it.  

The ‘WIR Labor’ in Erfurt is a prime example. In cooperation with the city of Erfurt, the association Plattform e.V. intends to use an empty municipal office building in the direct vicinity of container accommodation for refugees in the north of the city. Refugees and migrants, as well as the residents of Erfurt, are invited to help develop the project as a collective laboratory. The goal is the inclusive and integrative development of a new centre of production and workshop building that, in the spirit of Willkommenskultur, will function as a new district centre developed communally for the community. Its design makes an innovative contribution to the successive redevelopment of buildings according to participative principles and circular material cycles. The project explores the possibilities and limits of self-building, while simultaneously trialling simple, resource-conscious and affordable design approaches.

The ‘WIR Labor’ is not only a test bed for inclusive society, but also a realworld laboratory for the experimental conversion of existing buildings.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Kerstin Faber
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3643 90088-17
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Wir Labor Erfurt
Vollbrachtstraße 12
99086 Erfurt
Germany
Projektträger
Weimar, The 100

Weimar, The 100

Weimar, The 100

100 percent flexible, affordable and resource-efficient

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.

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

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
Main Partners
Partner

Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung with research programme Zukunft Bau

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 
24 May 2019 to 29 September 2019
27 September 2019 - 16:00 to 22:00
Contact person 

Katja Fischer

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

Location 
Auenstraße 11
99510 Apolda
Germany
Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

A community vision for 2.5 hectares of town centre

On a site on the edge of the centre of Gera, adjoining the Congress and Cultural Centre, 2.5 hectares of disused land are awaiting reactivation – indeed have been for 15 years. The city has struggled to find investors for its once vibrant centre for many years.

In 2014, committed citizens and entrepreneurs from Gera took things into their own hands. The association ›Ja – für Gera‹ answered the IBA Thüringen’s call for projects and proposed the idea of a new ›strong centre‹. A Europan urban design competition followed in 2015, organised by the city, the association and a group of citizens, which generated ideas that fed into the following planning stages. In 2016, an urban flashmob saw the citizens take possession of the urban realm with hundreds of colourful umbrellas despite the pouring rain, and in 2017, an action week, this time in sweltering heat, enticed citizens to get involved. Two key exhibitions have also been organised to present and discuss the designs for Gera’s ›Neue Mitte‹. In 2018 the city council approved the master plan, followed by the draft of the development plan in 2019, paving the way for design competitions and the awarding of plots based on the proposed concepts.

The ›New Centre‹ is the largest urban development project in Gera since the BUGA National Garden Show in Gera and Ronneburg in 2007. The citizens of Gera, meanwhile, continue to actively participate in passionately debating the function and design of their inner city.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Gera
Germany
Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

Bedheim Castle, Sh/leep barn

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. With considerable dedication and many helping hands, a unique new timber building has been erected on the site of a former sheep barn. It serves as a store for the products of the communally-run farm and as a meeting place for learning about and promoting building culture in the countryside.

Echoing the passing down of craftsmanship from generation to generation, the architects have made available the knowledge gathered during the project’s construction as an open source resource for all interested parties. As such, the project is a showcase for sustainability at all levels.

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
Main Partners

Familie Kirfel-Rühle von Lilienstern 
mit den Schlossbewohnern Anika Gründer, Nikola Mayer, Erik van der Werf
und dem Förderverein Schloss Bedheim e.V. gem.

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

Nordhausen, Climate culture
Nordhausen, Climate culture

StadtLand of tomorrow

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come together in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Kerstin Faber
Project director
Phone +49 3643 90088-17
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Rohrbach, Village Infrastructure
Rohrbach, Village Infrastructure

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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Weimarer Land
Germany
Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Regional stakeholders develop a shared vision for their region

Up until the reunification of Germany, the Schwarzatal valley on the northern edge of the hilly Schiefergebirge region was one of the most popular holiday destinations in the GDR. Highly-prized for its cool climes, it had been a flourishing summer retreat for holiday guests since the 19th century.

To develop a sustainable vision for the region and its landscape, the ›Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal‹ association organised a cooperative workshop in 2018 in collaboration with the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt LEADER action group and with support from the government’s MORO spatial planning action programme and the IBA Thüringen. Four international landscape architecture offices were invited to work together with local stakeholders, from which a concept emerged – developed by ›MAN MADE LAND‹ and ›fabulism‹ – that envisages the 140-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a connecting element. The landscape architects proposed a range of smaller and larger interventions to bring out the qualities of the landscape. The first of these acupuncture-like insertions is to be realised in 2019.

The landscape is the uniting element that fosters local identification and shapes the image of the region. To attract new guests to this traditional cultural landscape, with Schwarzburg Castle at its centre, the Schwarzatal is reinventing itself – at a regional scale.

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
Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Pupils, parents and teachers develop conversion plans for their school

Investment in schools in Germany has trailed behind new developments for several decades, leaving many municipalities facing major challenges. In addition, the existing school building regulations no longer meet current teaching standards, educational formats and inclusion requirements.

This was the starting point for the IBA StadtLand School project on the outskirts of Weimar. In an extensive participation process, the town, teachers, parents and pupils of the Jenaplan School came together to discuss their needs and expectations and the corresponding building requirements. A team of experts is now translating these into a concrete building project. The knowledge gained concerning aspects such as use concepts and spatial configurations will also be documented and made accessible to others in the form of an open-source planning toolkit for future school building projects. The intention is to help other municipalities and planners benefit from useful experience and to save costs.

The project is being carried out in close cooperation and with support from the Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft, which has many years’ experience in the field of modern teaching concepts and school construction.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Am Hartwege 2
99425 Weimar
Germany
Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Leubinger Fürstenhügel, Motorway Services

Building culture for mobility

In the immediate vicinity of an important archaeological site from the early Bronze Age, a new concept for a modern motorway service station is being built at ‘Leubinger Fürstenhügel’ on the A71 motorway.

In 2014, the DEGES, the United Germany Highways Planning and Construction Agency, in cooperation with the IBA Thüringen, announced an interdisciplinary design competition for the design of the motorway service station. The competition procedure, which is rare for service areas but represents an important step towards improving the architectural quality of infrastructure facilities, invited entries from interdisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects and communications designers. The prizewinning design embeds the ensemble of services buildings in the context of the gently undulating hilly landscape and its historical background.

As the concession holder, Shell Oil Germany will operate the motorway services for a period of approximately 30 years. From 2020 onwards, a stopover at the motorway services on the A71 promises to be a new, memorable experience.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Ulrike Rothe

Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-12

ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Germany
Competition organiser on behalf of the Free State of Thuringia

Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH; DEGES Projektleiterin Britta Sauter