Intervention sites are places that are to experience an “intervention”, that is, an intrusion into existing contexts. Some of the projects are thematically anchored in our Bid Book II. In total, more than 30 million euros will be invested in the various sites over the next few years – 20.5 million euros by the City of Chemnitz and 10 million euros by the Free State of Saxony.
Hartmannfabrik – Welcome Center and Workshop for Culture and Democracy
Locomotives were once built in the former Hartmann production hall, located directly on the Chemnitz River.
After completion, the Hartmannfabrik will house the European Capital of Culture Chemnitz 2025 GmbH. It will also become the central contact point and modern “Welcome Centre” for European and worldwide guests and visitors to the Capital of Culture. As part of the Capital of Culture 2025 programme, the former production hall is to become the venue for a European Workshop for Culture and Democracy.
Stadtwirtschaft – Kreativhof
In the coming years, a cultural incubator called “Die Stadtwirtschaft” will be built on the site of the former city cleaning plant, which was built in 1891 in Chemnitz’ working-class Sonnenberg district. This is to be the nucleus of creativity. This intervention area will be developed in several construction phases into a place for creative makers and with many offers for the neighbourhood and the whole city. To this end, the city council adopted a development concept in 2021 that will be implemented in stages.
The former CVAG depot on Zwickauer Straße in the Chemnitz district of Kappel offers a lot of undiscovered creative potential. The entire site is being gradually developed into a central cultural location as one of the intervention areas of the European Capital of Culture 2025. This is being done in cooperation with the main owner of the site, CVAG, and the museums already located there, the Tram Museum and Clock Museum.
Stadt am Fluss
Stadt am Fluss is an infrastructure project that was given high priority at a workshop on the intervention areas with Chemnitz citizens in November 2018. It revitalises urban areas along the Chemnitz River: Auftakt an der Quelle, Stadtpark – ehemaliges Flussbad, Stadtpark – am Wehr, Bahnviadukt, Uferpark – Industriegeschichte am Fluss. The areas become public and cultural places to meet and talk to the “silent centre”, especially those people who do not yet trust their inner creative artists.
Ensemble Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff – Event centre and museum
The Ensemble Karl-Schmidt Rottluff with the mill and the country house will play a central role in the Capital of Culture Year Chemnitz 2025 and host a festival of expressionism. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff is the most famous son of the city of Chemnitz. To this day, he is considered the only Chemnitz artist of international standing who has received worldwide recognition.
After researching historical plans and taking into account current conditions and the planned relocation of the bus station, this urban design for the theatre quarter was developed for the Capital of Culture 2025 application. The park with its pathways and plantings will be redesigned while preserving the existing old trees and shrubs. The popular Klapperbrunnen fountain will be renovated and will remain in its current location. Depending on the relocation of the bus station, further development of this area can be planned.
Each of the eight areas of the citizens’ platforms and each of the eight incorporated localities receives a maximum of 325,000 euros to transform a public place in their area. The result is an exemplary bottom-up process. The actors from the urban areas have given it a lot of thought and, together with their citizens, have selected a public place that is to be designed.
The planning status varies at the moment. The urban areas are supported by the individual departments, which also ultimately act as developers.