The Kerkow estate is located in the beautiful Schorfheide-Chorin biosphere reserve in the Uckermark. With the intention of managing the farm self-sufficiently and in harmony with nature, it is now run by a community of farmers, entrepreneurs and organic enthusiasts. The current main focus is on organic farming close to nature. Already today, cultural events and an organic farm shop build a bridge between town and country. This thread should be taken up and the existing farm should be expanded in terms of content and architecture into a holistic ecological farm with differentiated offers and led to a coherent whole by means of transformation. The expansion of the former workshop into a multi-functional building for gastronomy, cultural events and as a co-working space is an initial spark.
This semester, the design and construction course ENKO II is focusing on the construction task of a music room with guest rooms. The Hofgut Oberfeld in Darmstadt was chosen as the location and setting. The aim is to integrate a new building into the existing structure, combined with an intensive examination of the surrounding rural context.
In the context of the seminar “Land Types”, different regional house types as well as differences and special features of regional construction methods were examined. In addition to examining the origins of such construction methods, the seminar focused on their contemporary interpretation.