exPRO 3

Knowledge Spaces


Am Bahnbetriebswerk 3
69115 Heidelberg


Barthels Architektur, Mannheim

Project Partner


Contact Person

Karoline Becker


Education, learning and working in interspaces

The association WERKstattSCHULE e. V. offers practical, craftbased learning projects for young people.

»With regard to urban space and the theme of knowledge spaces, this project makes vocational education through practice visible to all members of the knowledge-based society.«

IBA advisory board

Together with the IBA, the exPRO 3 project for extra-curricular education has been working to expand extensively in terms of space and program. Apart from regular school operations, new forms of inclusion are to be facilitated through craft and artistic projects in the building of the former railway depot — a listed industrial building between the districts of Wieblingen and Pfaffengrund. exPRO 3 supports young people from various social and school environments. Knowledge transfer is complemented by the creative and practical dimension of craftsmanship.

Until construction of the Bahnstadt began in 2010, the former railway depot was barely visible between the railway tracks and embankments. The conversion and extension of the historic industrial building by Barthel Architekten will create an experimental, excellent extracurricular educational center. During the IBA workshop on architecture and open space, the exPRO 3 team and landscape architect Gerko Schröder jointly developed the reorganization of the site, ideas for an attractive open space, and a special fence to draw attention to what is happening within. The new site will enhance the urban space in between: in addition to wholesale markets, industry, a former workers' housing estate, and a  new housing area, exPRO 3 will generate an identity-creating place of encounter — a place of knowledge for the future.


February 2014


November 2014

Concept workshop

February 2015

Design workshop

June 2015


July 2015

Planning workshops outdoor area

November 2016

Ground breaking ceremony

November 2017

Topping-out ceremony

February 2019