Category: Architecture + Engineering
Title: Unterregenbach Archaeological Mystery
Name/s: Thomas Obmann, Lale Akman, Lara Blume, Sarah Fritzinger, Michéle Geiger, Annika Grevener, Anna Göttman, Lena Kester, Sarah Krenzer, Andrea Lang, Dingxiang Lin, Mandy
Schultz, Mara Teodoro, Laura Wenz
Medium, object: Urban development concept
University/s: Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
Supervision: Prof. Lars Uwe Bleher, Katharina Körber
Unterregenbach holds a secret that generations of archaeologists have tried in vain to decipher. The Unterregenbach Foundation, together with the Department of Architecture at the University of
Darmstadt under the direction of Prof. Lars Uwe Bleher and teaching assistant Katharina Körber, developed a catalogue of measures to highlight the site's potential. Due to the pandemic, 15
students were confronted with unknown challenges, a complete digitalisation and new ways of working were necessary. As a result, the structurally factual is supplemented, but also newly
interpreted, and the interface between the analogue and digital worlds is created. Impulses are set and further dialogues are stimulated.
The work submitted occupies a particular role with respect to both the subject manner and the type and depth of processing, as well as the interdisciplinary development process. A 16-member team is developing a catalogue of measures for reassessing the potential of the small town of Unterregenbach so as to provide momentum and foster further dialogue. It is hoped that the significance of the site in the early Middle Ages will be once again brought into public focus through a whole raft of measures. Intricate architectural measures have been employed to retain the features and character of the site in spite of plans to turn it into a tourist facility. This is true both for the planned visitor centre as a starting point as well as for the museum housed in the old school building, an archaeological pathway and the entire staging of the crypt. The approach – which brings together architecture, urban planning, scenography and an exhibition concept – was convincing.