Outside to Inside – City Centre in Focus

Aschersleben, the oldest city in Saxony-Anhalt, is one of the pioneers of urban redevelopment and for a long time pursued an “outside to inside” development strategy: As part of the IBAIBA Internationale Bauausstellung strategy, superfluous building substance was demolished at the outskirts of the city to revitalise the historic city centre.

Aschersleben gradually reconquered its city centre: Historic buildings were refurbished, administrative offices, educational institutions and shopping centres were relocated to the city centre and existing buildings were supplemented with individual new buildings. The old town once again offered everything its citizens needed in a compact area. The Bestehornpark educational center was built on a central industrial urban wasteland through modification, refurbishment and addition of a new building. Two primary schools, a secondary reform school and an advanced training institute for nursing and geriatric care moved in. As part of the 2010 Landesgartenschau (state garden show), the entire site was redesigned as a green school campus and public recreation area.

At the same time, a new public space was created on a main road. Almost three quarters of the buildings on this traffic road polluted by noise and exhaust fumes were vacant.It was not suitable as Aschersleben’s business card. As part of IBA Stadtumbau, work started on redesigning the ruins and vacant buildings as objets d’art to attract a new audience in 2004. The result: the DRIVE THRU gallery. This open-air gallery was controversial, but that was precisely what brought it to the attention of the urban public and earned it nationwide reach.

Further IBAIBA Internationale Bauausstellung