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Not renovations, but some impressions of my lovely summer trip to Leipzig in 2016 :cool:


Naschmarkt/Börse


Fleischergasse/Barfußgäßchen


Bibliotheca Albertina


Wächterstraße


Deutsche Bank

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I just love the Nikolai church!

 

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I was wondering if anyone could tell which groups are responsible for these restorations in Leipzig? Would these restorations be costly, especially those that restore the old decorative stucco elements?
 

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Thank you, Erbse, for those stunning photos of Leipzig. The way so many of the apartment buildings make for a satisfying streetwall while being amazingly differentiated by style and material is something so many cities need to get educated on. Other threads on SSC wax rhapsodic about giant cantilevering skyscrapers, but I always wonder how well some of these work at street level.
 

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I was wondering if anyone could tell which groups are responsible for these restorations in Leipzig? Would these restorations be costly, especially those that restore the old decorative stucco elements?




The owners of the buildings. To prevent vacancy the owners invested. In recent history the city posted protection laws for everything build before 1918, too. Some work can be written off on taxes.




The city ended almost worst than Detroit. Worse than. The surrounding was an open mining pit for coal and Uranium. The rivers where so polluted, that the canals in the city had to be buried. The condition of the real estate was so bad, many people had to share working bathrooms. On international congresses, Leipzig is known for, scaffolding was put up to pretend to foreigners "renovations are happening". The scaffolding was taken down after the affair. The original Streetlamps where sold to the west for much needed revenue. The air was so polluted, the people where sick with their children!
Then came 1990, the "wende" as it is called. More than 80% of all jobs where cut. The economy collapsed. Restaurants turned customers away because of lack of food. Prices skyrocketed. People fled in droves! This is why owners started to make their buildings "pretty again". Lack of tenants it was. Competition.
Example: Fresh renovated, 1500 sq foot,(135 sq m) 500 Euro warm. Downtown.

Today the uranium pit is sealed save. The power plants are modern and need no or little coal for production. The homes are heated with "waste" heat from factories near by or modern central heat. The water table has recovered. The water is as clean as 200 years ago. Salmon can be found in the canals. The air is very good. The open pit mines have become farm land, like for wineries, forest land and man made lakes with cottages on them. A big cottages country with all sorts of watersports has developed. The economy has had a painstaking restart. Many parts needed in the buildings are manufactured right here in reused old factory buildings. The economy is in boom modus, the population is growing fast, people coming back or coming for the first time with ideas and cash for startups.
Around 2002, it must have been, plans for demolishing thousands of those old living units where approved by the city. The residents started a mass protest that took months. The result:
Everything build before 1918 is protected, witch means some work is Tax deductible. Specialized contractors, hundreds of them are working with special tools, made in Leipzig, with materials also made in Leipzig cross the whole town. The prices to restore the houses and the materials needed for doing so have also started coming down drastically because of more supply. Other cities and towns from across Germany are hiring those contractors now. This brings more jobs, more expertise and also more money to Leipzig.
 

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The owners of the buildings. To prevent vacancy the owners invested. In recent history the city posted protection laws for everything build before 1918, too. Some work can be written off on taxes.




The city ended almost worst than Detroit. Worse than. The surrounding was an open mining pit for coal and Uranium. The rivers where so polluted, that the canals in the city had to be buried. The condition of the real estate was so bad, many people had to share working bathrooms. On international congresses, Leipzig is known for, scaffolding was put up to pretend to foreigners "renovations are happening". The scaffolding was taken down after the affair. The original Streetlamps where sold to the west for much needed revenue. The air was so polluted, the people where sick with their children!
Then came 1990, the "wende" as it is called. More than 80% of all jobs where cut. The economy collapsed. Restaurants turned customers away because of lack of food. Prices skyrocketed. People fled in droves! This is why owners started to make their buildings "pretty again". Lack of tenants it was. Competition.
Example: Fresh renovated, 1500 sq foot,(135 sq m) 500 Euro warm. Downtown.

Today the uranium pit is sealed save. The power plants are modern and need no or little coal for production. The homes are heated with "waste" heat from factories near by or modern central heat. The water table has recovered. The water is as clean as 200 years ago. Salmon can be found in the canals. The air is very good. The open pit mines have become farm land, like for wineries, forest land and man made lakes with cottages on them. A big cottages country with all sorts of watersports has developed. The economy has had a painstaking restart. Many parts needed in the buildings are manufactured right here in reused old factory buildings. The economy is in boom modus, the population is growing fast, people coming back or coming for the first time with ideas and cash for startups.
Around 2002, it must have been, plans for demolishing thousands of those old living units where approved by the city. The residents started a mass protest that took months. The result:
Everything build before 1918 is protected, witch means some work is Tax deductible. Specialized contractors, hundreds of them are working with special tools, made in Leipzig, with materials also made in Leipzig cross the whole town. The prices to restore the houses and the materials needed for doing so have also started coming down drastically because of more supply. Other cities and towns from across Germany are hiring those contractors now. This brings more jobs, more expertise and also more money to Leipzig.
That was very interesting and informative. Thank you!

I remember I studied in Germany for a semester in 1992. My school was in Reutlingen (Baden-Wurttemberg) but we went on a school trip with our resident professor to Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin. I remember thinking and my mom still has my postcards and letters saying that "Eastern Germany" is so grey and depressing and "communist looking". Dresden and Leipzig left a very bad impression on me at the time. I thought of them as colorless wastelands especially compared to southwestern Germany where I was staying.

It's funny how now the opposite is true. I find Leipzig and Dresden to be part of the handful of best most attractive cities in Germany. :)
 

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The owners of the buildings. To prevent vacancy the owners invested. In recent history the city posted protection laws for everything build before 1918, too. Some work can be written off on taxes.

The city ended almost worst than Detroit. Worse than. The surrounding was an open mining pit for coal and Uranium. The rivers where so polluted, that the canals in the city had to be buried. The condition of the real estate was so bad, many people had to share working bathrooms. On international congresses, Leipzig is known for, scaffolding was put up to pretend to foreigners "renovations are happening". The scaffolding was taken down after the affair. The original Streetlamps where sold to the west for much needed revenue. The air was so polluted, the people where sick with their children!
Then came 1990, the "wende" as it is called. More than 80% of all jobs where cut. The economy collapsed. Restaurants turned customers away because of lack of food. Prices skyrocketed. People fled in droves! This is why owners started to make their buildings "pretty again". Lack of tenants it was. Competition.
Example: Fresh renovated, 1500 sq foot,(135 sq m) 500 Euro warm. Downtown.

Today the uranium pit is sealed save. The power plants are modern and need no or little coal for production. The homes are heated with "waste" heat from factories near by or modern central heat. The water table has recovered. The water is as clean as 200 years ago. Salmon can be found in the canals. The air is very good. The open pit mines have become farm land, like for wineries, forest land and man made lakes with cottages on them. A big cottages country with all sorts of watersports has developed. The economy has had a painstaking restart. Many parts needed in the buildings are manufactured right here in reused old factory buildings. The economy is in boom modus, the population is growing fast, people coming back or coming for the first time with ideas and cash for startups.
Around 2002, it must have been, plans for demolishing thousands of those old living units where approved by the city. The residents started a mass protest that took months. The result:
Everything build before 1918 is protected, witch means some work is Tax deductible. Specialized contractors, hundreds of them are working with special tools, made in Leipzig, with materials also made in Leipzig cross the whole town. The prices to restore the houses and the materials needed for doing so have also started coming down drastically because of more supply. Other cities and towns from across Germany are hiring those contractors now. This brings more jobs, more expertise and also more money to Leipzig.
Very interesting, thanks! Do you have any idea roughly how much these renovations would cost, though? Is it particularly expensive, especially when restoring intricate stucco elements?
 

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Sure it is. But with the very rarely occurring new buildings in classical styles, it has its place here at the European Classic Architecture forum imho.
 

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Some nice revitalization examples from the DAF


https://www.deutsches-architektur-forum.de/forum/showpost.php?p=606253&postcount=4711

Vorher sah es so aus:





https://www.deutsches-architektur-forum.de/forum/showpost.php?p=606947&postcount=4713

Hier vor kurzem schon einmal gezeigt, diesmal jedoch mit (fast) fertiggestelltem EG und deutlich weniger Gegenlicht - Prager Straße 264

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neu:

Eigene Bilder

https://www.deutsches-architektur-forum.de/forum/showpost.php?p=615929&postcount=4764

Georg-Schwarz-Straße 46 zeigt sich schon seit ein paar Wochen ohne Gerüst.

Vorzustand

Bild: LEonline



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Lützner Straße 25 im Sommer 2015





Lützner Straße 25 heute


 

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I have some more that I only posted in the Revitalization thread before:

Various buildings in Leipzig

Photos by LEonline
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Eisenacher Straße 70





Eisenbahnstraße 120





Notendruckerei C.G. Röder





Ossietzkystraße 19


 

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