Sommerwerkstatt Wiesenburg

„Sommerwerkstatt Wiesenburg“ is a festival for students and residents of Wedding, a district in north-western Berlin. It took place in the summer of 2012 and was carried out in the relicts of a former homeless shelter. Due to decades of vacancy in this largely unknown area nature has taken over most of the domain. The festival aimed to draw the public’s attention towards the beauty of this place. The idea was developed by Max Dengler and Sönke Hartmann who intended to create a place where the inhabitants of this specific district could meet and exchange.

The temporary buildings for the workshops were designed and constructed by 80 first-year-architecture-students. For this matter the workshop organisers appeared as clients and, in several meetings, expressed their ideas and wishes. It was the student’s task to produce an execution, budget and time plan, to find sponsors, to research the building material and to experiment with construction methods. In the end they organized a construction site as well as a transport of building material and established the pavilions entirely on their own. The target was to introduce the students to the complexity of designing and constructing, also to give them an idea of guidelines within the planning and executing procedure. Last of course, to present the developed architectural site and to share it with the people involved.

The following designs were implemented on the festival grounds:
Werkraum (workroom) – a show and work room for 15 people used for workshops
Grüner Lernraum (green study room) – a structure that suggests classes in the open air and also offers an infrastructure for gardening and vegetable farming.
Küche (kitchen) – a fireplace with space for at least 15 people to commonly cook.
Schrein (shrine) – a place for at least six people to sit and eat
Lesekammer (reading chamber) – a place to retreat, space for maximum two people.
Lichtspiele (play of light / cinema) – a room for a visual installation about 30 people.
Rastplatz (resting place) – dwelling zone of the festival

Since the usage of uncommon building material does not allow a reference to traditional construction methods, the students were challenged to explore a creative approach on their architectural designs, hence, getting to know the meaning of building-constructional research.


Dirk Straßner, Hans Walter, Alicia Scherp, Alexandra Mehltretter, Zois Chionidis, Yu Rim Lee, Sarah Scherzer, Roberta Zuchetti, Lisa Brunner, Marina Sylla, Jonathan Schönberger, Benjamin Meurer, Michael Kölmel, Ruben Herweg, Elizabeth Beckmann, Isa Farenholz, Julika Kröner, Cornelia Holzhausen, Aline Hadorn, Alexander Schaaf, Simon Lehmann, Stefan FIle, Julius Fischötter, Susann Mohr, Lina Al Najjar, Karoline Brandfellner, Marcus Neumann, Dirk Straßner, Marco Cucuiu, Svenja Binz, Yu Rim Lee, Manuel Heck, Paulina Radaczewska, Zois Chionidis, Melanie Wolfrum, Mariska Flau, Sunhee Kim, Catherine Folawiyo, Cansu Cantas, Ha Dong Mai, Sergio Gomez, Anastastia Koupani, Alexander Grünwald, Tessa Poth, Asil Varol, Clemens Linnenschmidt, Julia Löcker, Gesine Zeller, Markos Lasos, Álvaro Rodriguez, Lucie Vogl, Sonja Dietz, Lisa Harseim, Florian Hauß, Anja Maul, Anna Plückbaum, David Leinen, Sarah Scherzer, Mona Hartmann, Lukas Kesler, Kilian Blömer, Nick Schüller, Johannes Irmen, Bastian Landgraf, Anne Kummertz, Charlotte Svensson, Merle Sudbrock, Hans Walter
Quartiersmanagement Pankstraße
Collaborating Organisations
Quartierfond „Soziale Stadt“
Project Implementation
Max Dengler und Sönke Hartmann
Simon Mahringer
Christoph Rokitta

Academic Discipline(s)
70 Students
Academic Level(s)
1st year
Academic Facts

Site / Structure Dimension
All in all 10 small pavilions have been built.
5000 €
In Kind
Materials have been partially or completely sponsored by a large number of sponsors.
Project Start
Project Context
Care / Education | Community / Culture
Construction Methods/Techniques