Sites of Transformation As part of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl and Salzkammergut 2024

The six installations were developed over two semesters by students from the University of Innsbruck, University of Kassel and University College London (UCL)/Bartlett School of Architecture as part of teaching and research – project studios, seminars and excursions, doctoral research. Each university realized two designs. The task was to create Sites of Transformation, meditation and power that are in harmony with nature on the grounds of the Gomde Center. In addition, the
students from the three universities focused on different production methods, approaches and approaches.

Meditation, architecture, nature and innovation

The Students at the University of Kassel have developed and implemented installations with steam-bent larch wood, joints that can only be dismantled and AR technology. The University of Innsbruck has chosen rammed earth technology for the realization of its two installations. . The designs by the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture are based on extensive research by two PhD theses focusing on acoustics, space and performance. . The concept and design were developed in the winter semester 2023/2024. In the summer semester 2024 six of the designs were worked out and finally built. During excursion weeks at the Gomde Center, lecturers and students from the three universities immersed themselves in the Buddhist world. meditation rituals and got to know the residents of the center as well as local experts and
Get to know craftspeople.

Culture for transformation

“The six interventions as part of ‘Sites of Transformation ‘ are a good example of how important places of silence are in today’s society, where we can recharge our mental and emotional batteries and gain clarity about the changes we are confronted with. Our society needs such places more than ever. I am delighted with the productive collaboration and the successful interventions on the site of the Gomde Buddhist Center in Scharnstein as part of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024.”

Elisabeth Schweeger, Artistic Director, European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl
Salzkammergut 2024


We are overwhelmed by the generous support and the many spontaneous donations that made these projects possible. Thank you very much:

The European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl and Salzkammergut 2024:
Elisabeth Schweeger and Eva Maier

Wolf Systems- Michael Platzer
Innocente- David Gaul
Lidauer- Wolfgang Sparber
KFD- Florian Reittinger
Löberbauer sawmill- Christoph Löberbauer
Asamer- Wolfgang Schlögl
Trewit- Rudi Wittmann
Joinery Beck- Ernst Beck
Forest School Almtal- Fritz Wolf
Artelie Loam- Elias Brunnymayr
The Schachners- Ulrich Gegendorfer
Limberger- Franz Limberger
Hansi Mittermeier
Stefan Eder
Tim Murken