#029 Forum Adenauer Platz



Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut (DAI), a renowned institute of cultural life in Heidelberg known throughout Germany and beyond, is seeking an additional innovative location with an “open forum to discuss socially interesting issues”. The idea is to raise the profile of the DAI within the city and to establish an extraordinary venue for new event and communication formats in addition to the currently limited premises available, whose atmosphere moreover does not provoke much inspiration.


In a first step, the plan is to create a inviting pavilion as an exhibition and discussion venue to be located on Adenauerplatz or at similarly underused locations: It will be an “interspace” with an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international character. It remains undecided whether this will be a permanent fixture or designed in the sense of a nomadic, open platform, which can be temporarily transported to other districts of the city.

IBA potential

Social relevance, as the DAI will be augmented to provide an interactive, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international platform for shared experiences.
Structural effectiveness: the DAI pavilion as “magnet” in non-spaces, a traffic-island.
Exemplary character through the combination of international composition and locality as an expression of democracy and understanding between peoples
Above-average expertise by means of a planned competition on temporary/transportable architecture
Polyvalence through the combination of exhibition and discussion venue in connection with the visualization of potential in the urban space


19.05.2017 | Forum Adenauerplatz – Exhibition and Installation

The opening reception of the Adenauerplatz was held on May 19. The introductions by mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner, Jakob Köllhofer (DAI), Prof. Michael Braum (IBA Heidelberg), and Jan van der Velden-Volkmann (SSV), as well as the following keynote speech by ICD Stuttgart gave a great many visitors the chance to gain an insight into how the Adenauerplatz could be designed to create a distinguished public space. The exhibition is still on display in the underpass and can be visited until June 18, 2017.

Oct. 15, 2016 | A forum for the Adenauerplatz

In the direct vicinity opposite the cultural center, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut (DAI) an unusual and highly visible venue for events and exchange is to be created. The idea is for a light, organic wooden pavilion as an exhibition and discussion forum on Adenauerplatz – the outcome of the feasibility study by SSV Architekten, which was commissioned by IBA Heidelberg: an “interspace” with an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international character. Tunnel and stairs will lead to the new entrance, Stadtgalerie and the foyer. Together with the pavilion a flowing series of spaces will be created, and areas that can be used very flexibly.
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