State Germany
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Saxony-Anhalt region
District level (LAU1) Anhalt-Bitterfeld district
Municipality (LAU2) Bitterfeld-Wolfen municipality
Connection to traffic network Proximity to highway E51

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • General localization - located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen
  • Specific localization – located in urbanised area
  • Transport links – proximity to highway E51
  • Public attitudes, adoption of innovations and new developments - built as a very modern building for film industry in 1938, was renovated and turned into the town hall of the newly merged cities of Bitterfeld-Wolfen (“Symbol of reunion of two cities”)

Brief description of site and current use

In 1938, a new administrative building was completed for the needs of the film factory. Its dimensions astonish even today, and its architecture is reminiscent of the IG Farben House in Frankfurt a. M. by Hans Poelzig. Originally intended as the seat of the research departments, it was used by IG Farben as administrative headquarters until 1945. By 1961, many qualified employees had left the Wolfen film factory for the West, and the growing separation of the East German economy from the West also had grave repercussions.

A new, joint central town hall was set up at the former IG Farben headquarters at Wolfen (interesting is that it should served as a symbol of reunion - Bitterfeld and Wolfen merged to one city on 1st July 2007). To deal with this, Bitterfeld-Wolfen coined the terms Network Town and Network Region, which rely on sharing the workload based on cooperative and networked activities in the districts and neighboring municipalities.

Original use – basic description

Original use Administrative building of the film factory
Area 20 ha
Type of site Industrial, administrative site

Current state – basic description

Current use Public administration - Town Hall
% of built-up area 75%
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 2010
Total costs 70 mil EUR
Owner of site Bitterfeld-Wolfen municipality

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Stadt Bitterfeld-Wolfen
OT Wolfen
Rathausplatz 1
06766 Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Tel. 03494 6660-0
Local public administration E-Mail:
Investors participating at redevelopment None
NGOs No NGOs involved