Category: Exhibition Design + Interior Design
Title: Along the tracks - a conversion concept for the BT signal box in Halle (Saale)
Name/s: Marleen Schönfelder
Medium, object: Building concept
University/s: Burg Giebichenstein University of Art Halle
Supervision: Prof. Rita Rentzsch
Due to the rapidly advancing modernisation of rail transport, Deutsche Bahn structures are undergoing profound change. Since 1986, the manual operation of points has given way to remote
by remote control. Since there is no longer any need for pointsmen, signal boxes in particular are now threatened with extinction. People often stand on the Berliner Brücke in Halle and take pictures of trains.
photograph trains. In order to offer the so-called "trainspotters" and their hobby an alternative space to the draughty bridge, a place for this is to be created in the former signal box in the track bed below.
in the former signal box in the track bed below. The idea is to accommodate both accommodation and an exhibition in the building.
Marleen Schönfelder develops a beautiful project from the niche hobby of trainspotting. Old signal boxes become a meeting place and can even accommodate train enthusiasts overnight.
overnight. Forget the supposed noise pollution: the closer to the tracks, the more sought-after the room. The choice of material and design language fits the theme perfectly. The
The accompanying exhibition is convincing in its consistent railway track aesthetics.