Ein Zeitdokument
Metamorphosis of a stigmatised construction phase

Yannic Kohnen 
2023

This work is neither a deep inventory of the status quo, nor does it present an elaborated design. It offers an insight into a phase that longs for more attention, both in architecture itself and in the cityscape. An insight into a phase that is taken for granted and has many stigmas attached to it: the building site. A phase that is classified as provisional, but is constantly present. 
The ensemble power station, which is to be restored and redeveloped, serves here as a medium of investigation. New ways of looking at a place that seems precarious are offered. The beauty of the unfinished and the processual as a concept of architecture serve as the leitmotif of this work.

A "Zeitdokument" is a product that captures a specific moment. Its medium is not predetermined. Mostly it is photos or transcripts, which indicates the value of the content and, above all of the moment. 
The work explores many phases that are in constant transformation. transformation. In order to pay more attention to these phases and to their value in impact, these images have been produced.
They come from fiction. The image of a possible
construction sites at the medium power plant are fictitious. An impression they nevertheless leave an impression. They point to the beauty and transience
of a stigmatised construction phase.

The investigation

Due to its insularity and its isolation from the public sphere, the paper mill developed an introverted urban design very early on. Looking at the grain of the paper mill, it becomes clear what a concise stain the factory leaves in the city, while the ensemble around the power plant is seen as very fine-grained.
A power plant is based on process-based architecture and also represents introversion through its intangible edges. Due to its proximity to the first intervention spaces, which the city sees as the first areas of integration into the surrounding urban development, the power plant holds an attractive location and can play a major role in the considerations of the revitalisation of the paper mill.
the dissection

In order to approach the complexity of a brownfield lignite-fired power plant, it is necessary to
requires fragmentation at different levels. Whether the consideration of the existing materials, both in longevity,
expression or uniformity, the ordering and gathering of all the façade openings in proportion, size or uniformity. Many aspects need to be examined more closely in order to analyse the complex analysis. 

In order to understand the components in their arrangement, it is necessary to processes that take place in a lignite-fired power plant from the 1930s and from the 1930s to the 1980s. The individual building blocks that go through these processes must be dissected and fragmented in order to be able to as individual buildings.
Intervention - Building site

The building site is considered a stigmatised place for the general city dweller. It is associated with noise, dirt, isolation and, above all, a lack of and, above all, a lack of usefulness for the individual. The building site is quickly
quickly forgotten by the general public. Although it is a sign of change with its very own individual charm.

 What functions it harbours and what benefits it can have can have is examined. The view and evaluation from the outside of this of this seemingly chaotic place is usually evaluated superficially by pedestrians superficially on the basis of their own limitations. 

But what if the human being is allowed to be a part of this stigmatised construction phase?
What if they are allowed to be part of the metamorphosis?
Construction site means change. And with it also a development or better a metamorphosis. There is a metamorphosis both with the building, which will be wrapped for a long time and either from the unkempt meadow grows a new building, which peeks out from behind the curtain of the construction site. The construction site itself, however, is just as much a metamorphosis. It grows, thins, becomes red and leaves traces behind.this constant change is analyzed in more detail here. The individual phases through which a construction site passes are illustrated. But these phases are not presented in tables of requirements or site layout plans. Much more the effect of the site in its different states is considered.