#032 Haus der Jugend 60.1



Having operated successfully for 60 years, the municipal “Haus der Jugend” youth center needs a new building, among other things to meet the changed demands that youth work involves. People from all age groups and with all levels of education – from children with special needs to high school pupils – use the facility. A new structure will give “Haus der Jugend” an opportunity to become a public place for all generations in the quarter and enhance its image. With a view to continuing to attract children and youngsters from the entire district, attractive new multi-purpose spaces and grounds are needed. In an ideal location between the districts “Weststadt” and “Südstadt” and close to downtown, the site has a particular hinge function. Its architecture and the design of the grounds are pivotal in terms of its impact on the central school campus.


Following a preparatory stage with ideas from students at the Technical University in Darmstadt there are plans for a two-stage international competition involving ideas for the surrounding urban design ideas, and an architectural part to be realized soon.

IBA Potential

Social relevance as a renowned venue for experimentation among a wide range of lifestyles
Above-average expertise as a result of user involvement, children’s and youngsters’ suggestions, and a combined ideas and design competition
Exemplary character as a specimen project through the creation of new recreational and teaching facilities, which take into account the youth groups’ changing needs and individual responsibility
Structural impact through presence and spatial link with neighboring schools, and as a bridge between the “Weststadt” and “Südstadt” districts
Polyvalence thanks to activities for youngsters between 6 and18 years of age, for families at weekends in the fields of dance, theater, music, and sport


Nov. 04, 2016 | Call for submissions: House of Youth Heidelberg – Open International Competition for Architect with Landscape Architects

Since the 1960s, the City of Heidelberg has run the very successful “Haus der Jugend“ (House of Youth), which now has to be remodeled to house its new program adequately. All age groups and educational backgrounds gather here and call it home. With its new building the “Haus der Jugend“ is set to continue and renew its citywide attractiveness and reputation concerning open youth work with children and teenagers. New and multifunctional interior and exterior spaces are needed to continue its success story.
The site lies in between Heidelberg’s historic “Weststadt” and the “Südstadt” dating from the second half of the 20th century and works as a link between these two neighborhoods. The architecture and landscape design are crucial for the character of the campus of schools surrounding it.
The competition aims for a preliminary design (Vorentwurfsplanung) scheme for the new building, its immediate surrounding and its urban design context to make the “Haus der Jugend“ fit for the future. A total of 42.000 Euros will be awarded to the best proposals, in following negotiations one office shall be contracted for the project.
The size of the competition site (a combination of an area for implementation and for ideas) is 11.674 sqm. The architectural design is to encompass ca. 1.392 sqm of net-floorspace. Through the competition the conceptual and physical necessities should be imagined for the future development of youth work.
Further Information (German)

Nov. 27, 2015 | Youths help design their own center

IBA_CANDIDATE #032. Having operated successfully for more than 60 years, the Haus der Jugend youth center is to be upgradeded both structurally and in terms of concept. Starting November 27, 2015 young people from all districts and types of school in Heidelberg had an opportunity to have their ideas included in the planning. This way the center aimed to take young people’s different leisure time interests into account.

June 25, 2015 | Local council’s resolution on participation procedure

With regard to the preparation of a two-stage architecture competition in 2016, the Youth Welfare Department of Heidelberg commissioned an agency to devise a participation procedure involving young users. Visitors to the center are also being involved in the discussions and made aware of the upcoming planning processes on an informal basis: Young people in Heidelberg also have a say in the form the future spatial concept will take. On June 25, 2015 the Heidelberg Local Council voted unanimously in favor of a participation procedure, providing youngsters in the city with an opportunity to put forward their ideas for the design prior to the architects’ competition being announced.

Key data

  • Location

    Römerstraße 87, between the city districts of West- and Südstadt

  • Project organizer

    City of Heidelberg

  • Your contact at the IBA

    Carl Zillich
    IBA Heidelberg GmbH


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