Apolda, Eiermannbau

Apolda, Eiermannbau

What should we do with buildings we no longer need?

Together with the town of Apolda and the LEG Thüringen State Development Agency, the IBA Thüringen is developing proposals for four separate vacant brownfield sites. All lie in the direct vicinity of the railway station, are between one and two hectares large and were originally production sites. These and other vacant and disused properties in the town negatively impact on the image of Apolda. For the project partners, however, these vacant properties represent an opportunity as resources with potential for redevelopment and reprogramming. Given the continuing lack of investment and the low demand for sizeable space in Apolda, the usual standards and approaches to redeveloping vacant properties need to be reconsidered. The IBA-led project developments in Apolda aim to make a lasting and stabilising contribution to the future development of the town and its 23,000 inhabitants, which has a long history of textile and knitwear production. Its proximity to the two university towns of Weimar and Jena epitomises the polycentric nature of the network of towns and cities in Thuringia, making it an ideal StadtLand model project. The cultural, ecological and architectural richness of these towns represents the capital and basis for new forms of creating value and benefitting society.

Schwarzplan Apolda mit markierten Projektstandorten
Bahnhof Apolda. Foto: Thomas Müller
Ehemaliges RST-Areal. Foto: Thomas Müller
Nori-Gelände. Foto: Thomas Müller
Eiermannbau Apolda. Foto: Thomas Müller

Location: Railway station (IBA project)
Throughout Thuringia, Germany’s rail service, Deutsche Bahn AG, has been divesting itself of railway buildings and associated sites that are no longer in use. The railway station in Apolda is still in use as a stop on the regional rail line between Erfurt and Leipzig, with a million people living within a 1 hour radius. In a first step, the surroundings and exterior of the railway station are being improved in readiness for the Landesgartenschau (State Garden Show) in 2017. Innovative approaches for the interior of the empty railway station will then be developed. The IBA Thüringen has used the railway station regularly since 2014 for participation and informative events. The building is owned by the LEG Thüringen, and its environs by the town of Apolda.

Location: former RST site
The two-hectare-large former production site at the entrance to the Bahnhofstrasse leading to the town centre comprises factory buildings, some more or less representative administration buildings and storage facilities, all of them disused. As part of a cooperative workshop procedure from October 2016 to March 2017, an overall concept for the buildings surrounding the railway station was developed including concrete aims with time plan and roadmap for the development of the RST site. The site is currently part of ongoing insolvency proceedings.

Location: former Nori site
The approximately one-hectare-large site opposite the railway station has been disused for decades. As part of a cooperative workshop procedure from October 2016 to March 2017, an overall concept was developed for the buildings surrounding the railway station. GRW funding for improving the regional economic structure have been made available by the Thuringian Ministry for the Economy, Science and Digital Society (TMWWDG) and the site will be cleared and remediated from spring to autumn 2017. The site is owned by the town of Apolda and an agreement for the development of the ‘former Nori site’ has been met with the LEG Thüringen State Development Agency. The LEG will support the town of Apolda in the intended development of the 1 ha site, undertaking necessary preparatory measures and marketing available floor space in accordance with the intended aims and funding provisions.

Location: Eiermannbau
The fire extinguisher factory that existed on the site since the late 1930s closed in 1994. In early 2016, the IBA began an own initiative to develop ideas for its use. In an intensive activation and participation process, a feasibility study and overall concept for the site was developed entitled ‘Open Factory’, based on preceding projects as part of the IBA Campus and IBA ‘LeerGut:ReProgramming’ Conference in 2016. In future, the Eiermannbau will unite craftsmanship and production with education and networking as well as art and culture. The site is owned by the GESA.

Kooperatives Werkstattverfahren zur Gebietskulisse Bahnhof Apolda
01. März 2017

Kooperatives Werkstattverfahren zur Gebietskulisse Bahnhof Apolda
Vier Zukünfte für Apolda


Das Werkstattverfahren wurde von dem Büro Schulten Stadt- und Raumentwicklung aus Dortmund koordiniert und moderiert. Zusätzlich zu den vier Planungsbüros waren externe Berater aus verschiedenen Disziplinen an der Qualifizierung der Entwürfe beteiligt.


BeL – Sozietät für Architektur, Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, Michel Kleinbrahm
EnergieWerkStadt, Ingo Quaas, Andreas Reich, Dr. Kersten Roselt
Modulorbeat, Jan Kampshoff, Marc Günnewig
Studio Vulkan, Robin Winogrond, Lukas Schweingruber


Uli Hellweg, Vorsitzender des Fachbeirats der IBA Thüringen, Hellweg Urban Concept
Andrea Hofmann, Fachbeirat der IBA Thüringen, raumlaborberlin
Andreas Krüger, Belius GmbH
Andreas Foidl, Belius GmbH
Tabea Michaelis, denkstatt sàrl
Prof. Dr. Jörg Londong, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Sonja Sauer, INAWA GbR
Henrik Schultz, Stein+Schultz, Stadt-, Regional- und Freiraumplaner
Jörg Casper, Kommunalentwicklung Mitteldeutschland

Finanzierungs- und Betreiberkonzept Eiermannbau
25. November 2016

Finanzierungs- und Betreiberkonzept Eiermannbau
‚Open Factory‘

Einblicke in die Studie 'Open Factory' - Eiermannbau Apolda. Foto: IBA Thüringen
Die Geschichte des Eiermannbaus Apolda. Foto: IBA Thüringen
Entwicklungsszenarien zum Eiermannbau. Foto: IBA Thüringen
Entwicklungsszenarien zum Eiermannbau. Foto: IBA Thüringen
LeerGut Konferenz und IBA Campus 2016
01. Juli 2016

LeerGut Konferenz und IBA Campus 2016

Vor der Konferenz fand der IBA Campus 'Zukunftswerkstatt Eiermannbau' statt. Mit ihm sollte der Eiermannbau nach 20 Jahren Leerstand wieder experimentell belebt und als Arbeitsstandort erprobt werden. Gesucht wurden erste Nutzungsideen, Betreiberkonzepte, Finanzierungsvorschläge und Aktivierungsansätze.

IBA Campus 2016 - 'Zukunftswerkstatt Eiermannbau'
30. Juni 2016

IBA Campus 2016
Zukunftswerkstatt Eiermannbau

Erste IBA Projekte nominiert
21. März 2016

Erste IBA Projekte nominiert

Visualisierung der großen Wartehalle im Bahnhofsgebäude Apolda © AFF Architekten, Berlin
Visualisierung der STADTLAND:Inseln am Bahnhof Rottenbach © atelier le balto, Berlin

Im Jahr 2016 wird das Baufeld I ‚Verkehrsverknüpfungspunkt‘ realisiert. Ab 2017 wird das Bahnhofsgebäude mit seinem direkten Umfeld umgestaltet, um den Betrieb als BahnHofladen aufzunehmen. Prof. Dr. Rolf Kuhn, Mitglied des IBA Fachbeirats: „Der BahnHofladen und der Verkehrsverknüpfungspunkt Bahnhof Rottenbach sind logistisch, inhaltlich und baukulturell für die Gesamtmaßnahme ‚Resilientes Schwarzatal‘ von zentraler Bedeutung. Sie sind als Ausgangspunkt der Schwarzatalbahn ein Tor in die Tourismusregion Schwarzatal mit dem international bedeutenden Demokratie-Ort Schwarzburg.“

Bahnhofsdinner Apolda
24. September 2015

Bahnhofsdinner in Apolda

Vierter IBA Salon im Bahnhof Apolda
16. Oktober 2014

Vierter IBA Salon im Bahnhof Apolda

Räume auf – Licht an: ‚Open station’ im Bahnhof Apolda
16. Oktober 2014

Räume auf – Licht an: ‚Open station’ im Bahnhof Apolda

In Apolda entsteht ein ‚IBA Campus.Lab’
14. Februar 2014

In Apolda entsteht ein ‚IBA Campus.Lab’

Bahnhof Apolda
Marktplatz Apolda

Momentan keine Termine

99510 Apolda

Katja Fischer

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-68