04 Re-Slab


Stefan Forster architekten, Leinefelde Germany, 2000

All over Europe there are large areas of outdated post war housing slabs. Leinefelde (DE) in former East Germany is a very strong example of this phenomenon. Almost half of the city’s housing stock was built in the postwar era.  With the closing of the cotton factory the population started to shrink.  Apart from a large demolishing program the city of Leinefelde has experimented with different transformation of the slabs.

One of the more interesting examples is this project in which the slab has been redefined into an new acces- and dwelling typology. By taking away some of the prefab elements at the top of the building and changing the connection to the public space the typology of the building changed drastically.

Here you can read more on our visit to Leinefelde