Gewächshäuser der Zukunft

THE ABANDONED GLASS HOUSES IN GERMANY

These ‘Gewächshäuser der Zukunft’ are a group of greenhouses in the Müschpark in Aachen. The site belonged to the close-by monastery St. Raphael. They were abandoned in 2005. The facility was built by Franz Jülicher in 1987 inspired by the football of his children.

These twenty-four geodesic domes, built of pentagonal and hexagonal elements, looks like they were the location for a sci-fi movie with houses from the future. But in fact they are just ordinary greenhouses, or Gewächshäuser in German. The greenhouses are part of a big park that has a protected status. The grounds used to be part of an old monastery but were sold in 1985 to an institute that helped long-term unemployed people. The greenhouses, built in 1987 were part of the reintegration process.

In 2010 the park and surrounding land was sold to the city. The greenhouses were not protected. The site was dismantled and moved to a botanic garden in Kommern in 2019. I visited the ‘Gewächshäuser der Zukunft’ in 2014.

Built 1987
Abandoned 2005
Demolished 2019
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