Stuttgart Rosenstein | Take part in the ideas contest
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Take part in the ideas contest

Invitation to the international ideas contest "Space for ideas"

The State Capital Stuttgart is holding an international ideas contest to gather proposals for ways to use the “Space for ideas” directly beside its future central station. From 15 May 2024 to 15 July 2024, people from around the world are invited to submit ideas for future use of the space at Manfred-Rommel-Platz, which features the skylight-like “light eyes” through which light will flood into the future train station below. The space itself is slightly larger than a football pitch and has the potential to become a new calling card for Stuttgart. It can be a space with genuine appeal and an impact that extends far beyond the boundaries of Stuttgart.

We’re looking for creative ideas for specific ways we can use this space at the entrance to Stuttgart Rosenstein. The aim is to make people feel able and welcome to use this prime location in Stuttgart in the future, ensuring that they can identify with whatever is built there.

By awarding prize money for the best ideas, we’re hoping to encourage participants to submit their ideas and actively shape the development of our city.

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Where is the space?
Stuttgart is the state capital of Baden-Württemberg and is located in the south-west of Germany. The city sprawls across a basin between forested hills and vineyards, giving it a unique location. The geographical location has been an important factor in Stuttgart’s development. The surrounding vineyards and hillsides create a breathtaking landscape. At the same time, the city has been heavily influenced by the automotive industry. This combination of urbanity and nature makes Stuttgart an attractive place to live. The city is also renowned for its diverse cultural offering.
Today, there is a terminal station in the centre of Stuttgart. However, work is currently underway to transform this overground terminus into an underground station. At ground level, on the roof of the new station concourse, a new square will be created with round, skylight-like windows dubbed “light eyes”, which will allow light to flood into the concourse below. An area currently taken up by tracks leading into the terminal station will be cleared to make way for a new district: Stuttgart Rosenstein.
The city is seeking ideas for ways to use the space directly adjacent to the future Manfred-Rommel-Platz, the location of the “light eyes”. With dimensions of roughly 60 x 117 metres, the site offers scope for pioneering, future-focused design. It is currently the site of platforms for the terminal station.
What is there to win?

A total of 30,000 euros in prize money
A total of 24,000 euros in prize money is available for the award - the jury will decide on the exact distribution. It can give more weight to ideas than others, but does not have to. In addition, the jury has a further 6,000 euros at its disposal for recognitions - i.e. for ideas that have not received a prize but stand out due to their remarkable achievements. (All prize money is stated in gross figures).

The jury
The jury for the international ideas contes consists of citizens, members of the municipal council, the youth council as well as the First Mayor Dr. Fabian Mayer and the Mayor for Urban Development, Housing and the Environment Peter Pätzold. They are joined by experts from the fields of culture, science, business, tourism, sociology, architecture/planning and ecology.

Click here for a more detailed overview of the jury.

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The jury decides on the best ideas. It has a total of € 30,000 in prize money at its disposal. Citizens can express their interest in becoming part of the jury until 15 June – more information below.
What is the purpose of the ideas contest?

The international ideas contest’s objective is to develop ideas that are not only outstanding but also breathe fresh air into design plans for the site, generate international appeal and keep the needs of the people of Stuttgart in mind. The numerous wishes and needs expressed by the people of Stuttgart in the previous engagement phase should also be innovatively incorporated.

From individuals to corporate teams, and from pupils and students to clubs and associations, everyone is welcome to submit ideas.

Anyone interested in the contest can get involved and submit proposals for the Space for Ideas either individually or as part of a group. Each group must nominate one person to coordinate their submission as the project manager. Children can either ask their parents or guardians to submit ideas on their behalf or contribute to a group idea with a project manager (e.g. a school class, with the idea submitted by their teacher).

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Field of Ideas

Where the platforms of the terminus station are still located today, something completely new can be created on an area of around 60 x 117 metres. Your suggestions, wishes and concerns are already being asked for in the participation section. The best ideas for this area will then be selected in an international brainstorming session.

Row of trees and/or green façade

A row of trees is planned between the light eyes on Manfred-Rommel-Platz and the special unit A3. Alternatively or as a supplement, a green façade design might also be possible.

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Manfred-Rommel-Platz is part of the future Stuttgart railway station. The light eyes of the station concourse are located here. Large parts of the square are to be greened.


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The new Europaquartier is being built directly adjacent to the special unit A3.

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What do I need to know about the location?

The space for ideas is situated in the heart of Stuttgart in the immediate vicinity of a number of other exciting spaces and buildings. Towards the city centre, the space is adjacent to the future Manfred-Rommel-Platz, with the striking “light eyes” of the new central station. To the south-east is the Mittlere Schlossgarten – a popular public park – and a future entrance to the new station. At the same time, once the current platforms and tracks are cleared, the Space for Ideas will also serve as an entrance to the new district of Stuttgart Rosenstein.

I want to take part

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Basics from the previous year

In the summer of 2023, we conducted an exploratory phase of engagement – complete with an additional online element – to ask people about their wishes, needs and concerns in relation to the Space for Ideas. In total, over 2,000 people from Stuttgart took part in the survey. The wishes and needs of the city’s residents should support you in developing your ideas. And, when it comes to assessing the submitted ideas and selecting the winners, the feedback gathered from the travelling exhibition will help the jury to make their decision. Feedback to date has highlighted several topics that should help you to develop your ideas. However, you are free to develop ideas that go in a different direction.

In the following, you can find an overview of the results of our public engagement work in 2023 that describe criteria for a good idea. To get you started, here is an overview of the topics and results of the survey, which describes what characterizes a good idea in each area.

But also take a look at the detailed documentation of the process (in German).

Answers to important questions

Further documents for download

Suggestions for developing ideas

Results from the previous participation
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