At its meeting yesterday, the city council decided to develop the former Stadtwirtschaft on the southern Sonnenberg into a creative courtyard with space for creative makers.
The Stadtwirtschaft is an intervention area of the European Capital of Culture 2025. On the municipal property between Augustusburger Straße, Zietenstraße, Jakobstraße and Schüffnerstraße – in the middle of the “Sonnenberg redevelopment area” – three courtyards connect five buildings with approx. 6,000 sqm of usable space, which have only been partially used so far.
The buildings are to be refurbished at a low level and better equipped in terms of technical facilities. With a mixture of art and culture, production with local relevance, handicrafts and social encounters, a place of exchange and togetherness is to be created – a district centre and centre of attraction for Chemnitz residents and start-ups from all over Europe.
The Kreativhof creates offers that support the pre-start-up phase (development of the business idea, feasibility studies, development of prototypes) and ideas from crafts, small businesses and citizens. Each courtyard will be dedicated to a specific maker activity and will be surrounded by workshop spaces. There will also be space for community activities, theatre projects, an event space e.g. for district meetings and workshops, or the Kiezkantine for working together while having a coffee. A district warehouse will be available to tenants and the neighbourhood.
Children will find just as much to offer in the “Stadtwirtschaft” as hobby tinkerers and start-ups. Lighting concepts, flexible street furniture and a “Stadtwirtschaft” brand are being developed together.