TENANTS' CENTRE, PHYSICISTS QUARTER, 2000
MUCK PETZET IN MSP MEIER-SCUPIN & PETZET, MAYR, HEHENBERGER, MUNICH
Between 1960 and 1989, Leinefelde in Thuringia grew from a village of 2,600 into a town 16,000 strong. After the collapse of communist East Germany, a process of depopulation began: by 2001, around 2,000 people had left. On the estate of prefabricated housing blocks south of the town centre, thirty percent of the flats were vacant. The Munich architects MSP have made a significant contribution to the architectural re-interpretation of prefab buildings. Faced with the probability that Germany's largest prefab housing estate would be demolished completely, the architects worked together with the mayor of Leinefelde (a former physics teacher) to develop the "Physicists Quarter". Their alternative solution was partial demolition and re-use, in this case retaining the ground floor of a block of 100 flats. The building’s past remains decipherable: the front entrances of what were flats now open onto an internal corridor that serves the two-part complex.

Client: Wohnungs- und Verwaltungs GmbH Leinefelde
Utilizable Space: 1.300 sqm
Building costs: 1.400.000€