#031 International Welcome Center – Welcome culture for Heidelberg


Location: Landfriedareal, Bergheim
Client: City of Heidelberg, Local Administration Offices and Intercultural Centre

»A culture of welcome and intercultural exchange beyond stigmatization are important foundations for a sustainable, knowledge-based society.«
IBA advisory board

The International Welcome Center (IWC) brings together the Intercultural Center (IZ) of the City of Heidelberg with the Department of Immigration A airs under one roof. The IZ promotes intercultural encounters and encourages engagement in civil society. The authorities also offer all new citizens a low-threshold range of administrative services — strengthening the welcome culture in Heidelberg. The IWC is a place of encounter and participation, and the barrier between new and old citizens becomes more permeable through active cooperation. Citizens with or without a history of migration jointly design projects in their urban society and present-day life.

The IWC is currently housed in the boiler house and in the west central building of the Landfried complex. In addition to the offices of the IZ, the site includes a large hall, office space and co-working spaces on the fourth oor, as well as the o ces of political advisory bodies. The building thus provides access to sources of knowledge for political debate. The Landfriedkomplex is a historic place at the heart of the Bergheim district with the potential to become Heidelberg’s new creative quarter. In the long term, the IWC could acquire an architectural identity that offers new development areas and attractive event rooms to stakeholders in civil society. It thus creates a platform for migration, a topic relevant to the whole society. The potential of the IWC to become a »House of World Cultures« became clear in the contributions to an ideas competition for students of architecture.


March 17, 2015 | Exhibition – Competition for a creative district in Landfried

IBA_CANDIDATE #031, the International Welcome Center, is positioned at the heart of the Landfried site in Bergheim. The dynamic area looks set to become an important creative district for the whole of Heidelberg in the future. To come up with a design for this exciting area, the IBA therefore joined forces with real estate company Landfried Immobilien in October 2014 to launch an ideas competition for architectural students, the results of which were announced in March 2015. On 13 March 2015 a jury comprising members from across the regions declared four very different designs to be the winners of the competition.

Oct. 13, 2014 | Mainz University of Applied Sciences designs the “Heidelberg House of World Cultures”

During the summer semester of 2014 Architecture and Interior Design Master’s students at Mainz University of Applied Sciences came up with designs for a “House of World Cultures” on the Landfried site. Under the guidance of Prof. Gerhard Kalhöfer, Prof. Antje Krauter and Silvia Quintiliani, ideas emerged as to how the new welcome culture in Heidelberg might take shape.
Details on the papers

May 27, 2014 | The cooperation begins!

The symbolic laying of the capstone of the renovated Landfried chimney to launch the project: Ingrid Schinz, Managing Partner at P. J. Landfried Immobilien, OB Dr. Eckart Würzner, Bernhard Hammes (Landfried), Jagoda Marinić (IZ) and Michael Braum (IBA).

  • Key Data

    February 2014
    CANDIDATE Status

    March 2014
    Student Design IBA-Academy

    October 2014
    Student Design Mainz University

    March 2015
    Design Competition Kreativquartier Landfried

    January 2017
    Move into the boiler house