Relinquishing the Old Centre
IBA City from 2003
Strassfurt has been dominated by the salt mining industry to a dramatic effect. Its city centre has subsided by six metres since 1883. Roughly 800 buildings in the historic old town, comprising an area of 200 hectares, have had to be demolished, amongst them the church and the town hall. Reconstruction on this still dangerous territory is impossible. In 2006 it was decided to flood the subsiding funnel and drain the built-up perimeter areas separately. Now the former city centre has become a landscaped water garden. Art installations are keeping alive the visual memory of historic structures such as the church and the street plan. The reconception has improved the attractiveness of the surrounding areas, where private landlords have started refurbishments and new build construction and new public spaces are in the pipeline.