Weissenhof Urban Planning Competition:
Seeking Strategies for Further Development


Competition Site Plan, Courtesy Amt für Stadtplanung Stuttgart


Sponsors: City of Stuttgart, Germany and the State of Baden Württemberg

Event: International Building Exhibition ‘27
14 January 2022 – Competition launch
11 February 2022 – Registration deadline
20-21 June – Jury convenes
Design Challenge:
After a century of architectural and urban history, the IBA offers the opportunity to rethink the built testimonies of Modernism and to advance the urban design at Weissenhof with a contemporary model.


But how can the Weissenhof Estate and its surroundings be developed? What form would a modern and respectful approach to the cultural monuments take? How can the public space be reimagined? These are the questions at the heart of the ideas competition. The objective of the competition is to identify the urban planning potential of the entire Weissenhof neighbourhood, which includes not only the Weissenhof Estate, but also Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and Brenzkirche church for example. Together with the local stakeholders, the organisers want to develop strategies for future development of the entire neighbourhood that marries the past and the present in a respectful way.


In addition to providing guiding principles, the competition aims to create the conceptual framework for several tangible construction projects for which architecture competitions are to subsequently be held. It centres on a new reception building to serve as a visitor and information centre and to be completed by the IBA presentation year 2027. A further construction project is to take the form of an extension to the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design campus. The Academy is directly adjacent to the Weissenhof Estate and wants to combine and reorganise its external locations on the campus. In addition, Brenzkirche church is to be converted, restored and to become part of the overall concept. The site at Bruckmannweg 10 – an empty space in the middle of the Weissenhof Estate that was flattened in the war – is a perfect site for experimental building, reflective of the design approach adopted back in 1927.

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