In July 2016, Verbündungshaus Fforst opened its gates. This year, the international student dormitory is celebrating its 14th anniversairy. What started as pioneering project consisting of a group of 15 students, became an integral part of cultural and academic life of the University town. Until this day over 400 students of over 20 nationalities lived in its rooms. However, from day one it was about so much more than cheap rooms.
Intercultural exchange, self-organisation and participation were just as important. We brought the knowledge collected during the initiative together: „Verbündungshaus Fforst – eine Ermutigung“ (An Encouragement) is a practical guidebook for project makers. It was awarded with an IF-Design Award. The housing project was awarded by IKEA foundation.