Marcel Kalberer - Auerworld Palace
Designer: Marcel Kalberer
Location: Auerstedt/Weimar, Germany 1998
Type: Botanic Architecture
The Auerworld Palace (surface of 400 square meters) is the first construction in an architectural scale with the living willow system. It was was built in Spring 1998 thanks to the collaboration of 300 volunteers from all over Europe. It was built as a place for different cultural celebrations in the countryside of Weimar, the cultural center of Europe in 1999. The way in which it was "planted" illustrates the energy potential that can be developed in a process of natural growth conducted within a community project. The natural Artist and Architect Marcel Kalberer worked with the group of builders and artists Sanfte Strukturen, who organized the project. This was a project for pleasure and fun, integration and interaction of all volunteers, young and old, man and woman. The construction process was an event of social value, and the Palace then functioned as a catalyst for community celebrations. The full moon events, for example, have attracted over 80,000 people in the first 10 years - a tradition of non-announced parties at every full moon evening. This is some of the first living Architecture. That’s why it’s also called the "mother of all willowpalaces". It has become a tourist attraction for the region between Weimar and Naumburg.
Marcel Kalberer with Sanfte Strukturen (Bernadette Mercx, Dorothea Kalb-Brenek, Anna Kalberer, Eugen Lüdi, Jacky Roland,Philippe Rohner)
Courtesy of Marcel Kalberer