Information Event: Visitor and Information Centre for the Weissenhof Estate
The International Building Exhibition 2027 (IBA’27) is taking place in the Stuttgart region coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Weissenhof Estate, an icon of modernism. Since the inclusion of the two Le Corbusier buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016, visitor numbers to the Weissenhof Museum have already significantly increased. The IBA’27 anticipates at least 1 million visitors in its presentation year of 2027, with an estimated 250,000 visitors expected for the Weissenhof Estate. Without expanding the current museum operations, it would be impossible to handle and accommodate such visitor numbers.
Against this background, the state capital Stuttgart intends to create an innovative, multifunctional Visitor and Information Centre (BIZ). How can a building be designed and constructed that not only builds upon the pioneering ideas of modernism but also seeks to find a lasting form based on the lessons of the past hundred years and the pressing issues of the present? Resource issues, waste reduction, and climate neutrality are just as important as beauty, accessibility, appropriation, and adaptability.
The BIZ should serve as both a starting point for exploring the settlement and a point of orientation. The selected location is the area between the State Academy of Fine Arts and the Weissenhof Estate. The completed urban planning ideas competition »Weissenhof 2027« has confirmed this location and set framework parameters for further work. The Weissenhof-BIZ, in conjunction with the new public space to be created, should serve as a connecting element between the Weissenhof Estate and the Academy campus, while reorganizing the entrance situation of the State Academy of Fine Arts. During the IBA’27 exhibition year, it will serve as a presentation venue and starting point for visiting the Weissenhof Estate. The spatial programme to be realised envisages around 1,225 m2 of usable space, accommodating the following uses: ticket sales, exhibition space, media room, museum shop, offices, catering, sanitary facilities, and a cloakroom.
During a project presentation session on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., the Building Department of the City of Stuttgart will provide information on the key details of the project and the planned tendering process. The aim is to engage interested contractors for planning and construction before entering the bidding process and to facilitate networking and consortium formation among participants.
The following agenda is intended:
Tendering process overview
If you are interested, please register by June 12, 2023, at the following email address: biz-weissenhof(at)menoldbezler.de
We look forward to your participation and to bold and high-quality designs that will lead the Weissenhof neighbourhood sustainably into the future.