“What I find so impressive about most of the designs is the
clarity with which they perceive the town of Wittenberg and the
dexterity with which they reimagine the urban landscape”, explains
Margot Käßmann, a member of the competition jury and Reformation
Anniversary Ambassador to the Council of the Evangelical Church in
Germany (EKD). As the theologian points out, “Above all, the gates
are to symbolize that Wittenberg will be sending a message out into
the world in 2017.”
Seven “Gates of Freedom” will welcome visitors to the World Exhibition on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
The gate design competition was announced by Verein
Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V. in the spring of this year. Entries
to the interdisciplinary competition were received from students of
architecture, scenography, design and fine arts programmes at 21
universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The gates take the themes of “Welcome”, “Spirituality”, “Youth”, “Justice, Peace and the Preservation of the Creation”, “Globalization”, “Ecumenicalism and Religion” and “Culture”. They are to frame the World Exhibition set to take place from May 20 to September 10 in 2017. The total cost of implementing the winning plans is estimated at 2.5 million euros, with construction due to begin in 2016.
HFT Stuttgart was represented by the IMIAD programme. Supervised by Cornelia Wehle, Raimund Docmac and Prof. Wolfgang Grillitsch, the international team of students from India and Turkey won first prize for their design for the “Culture” gate, which will now be realized in Wittenberg.
Rendering of the competition entry submitted by IMIAD students