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Neuruppin-Südstadt WK I-III „Krümelkiste - Community Centre“


Change of use of a "Kinderkombination" (Children’s combination) into a community centre

In Neuruppin’s large housing estate WK I-III, the community centre “Krümelkiste” has been created in place of a nursery which is no longer used. Several supporters from urban district-based advice and education institutions prepared the planning process. Since 2006, the building has been used as a central urban district meeting place for all generations.

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Bürgerhaus Krümelkiste vor der SanierungSource: Stadtteilbüro in der "Krümelkiste"

The Neuruppin housing complex I-III (WK I-III) was built on an industrial site in the 1970s and 1980s to the south of historic Altstadt area. It is mainly characterised by five-storey, prefabricated buildings. The district has 4,500 residential units, in which approx. 10,000 people live. Its facilities include a doctor’s surgery and a large shopping centre (REIZ).

As the district has a unilateral housing supply (80% 2-3-room apartments),many better-off residents with children left the district over the years. The proportion of transfer income recipients (unemployment benefit I and II) and single parents, in particular women, continually increased. The consequence was a change in the previously heterogeneous resident structure. The demand for public children’s facilities, for example, changed as a result of the demographic change and fall in children numbers. As a result, the former "Kinderkombination" in WK III closed due to a lack of registrations.

In 1999, the urban district was included in the national and state urban construction support programme “Soziale Stadt” (Social City). Since then, a large number of improvements to the living environment have been realised with involvement from the residents.

Project description

Eingangssituation mit Vorplatz am Bürgerhaus "Krümelkiste"Source: Stadtteilbüro in der "Krümelkiste"

As a result of the falling children numbers in the neighbourhood, the nursery had continually become smaller. At the same time, various organisations moved into the building from 1995, which did not affect the operation of the nursery. Three years later, the Internationale Bund e.V. and Jugendhilfe Nordwest Brandenburg (JNWB), were already using the rooms in the Krümelkiste to give the State of Brandenburg a concept for the approx. 2,000 sq.m. of space no longer required in the former Kinderkombination. It envisaged the conversion into the "Krümelkiste" community centre as a new centre in the urban district, to become a “House for all” with advice, education, youth support, urban district office and citizens’ café.

As a key project of the “Soziale Stadt” programme, since 2002 the building has been converted and renovated into a community centre for the entire district. The building was redeveloped according to the wishes and requirements of the future users.

With the completion of the renovation in 2006, a residents’ meeting place was created on the ground floor. Jugendhilfe Nordwestbrandenburg has created generous rooms for its “Jugend, Umwelt, Technik” workshops. An unemployment service has moved into the Krümelkiste. The Arbeiterwohlfahrt offers advice and Initiative Jugendarbeit Neuruppin trains apprentices in the area of gastronomy. The urban district office, which managed and organised the redevelopment process, has its office in the Krümelkiste, along with the Freiwilligenagentur Neuruppin (volunteers’ agency). The content and organisation of the multi-generational work is located in the womens’ and family centre. The “Krümmelkiste” has become a place for all generations to meet. Furthermore, it has been able to develop into a place for education and advice.

Eingangsbereich im Inneren des BürgerhausesSource: Stadtteilbüro in der "Krümelkiste"

With the completion of the outdoor facilities in autumn 2007, the redevelopment and conversion of the building from a nursery into a community centre was complete. As a result, a community centre with a variety of services is now available for all target groups in the district. After a year’s operation in the new premises, the high level of acceptance of the Krümelkiste among residents of the neighbourhood shows how important such a community centre is for the district.

The national government, the State of Brandenburg and the city each funded one third of the conversion costs of Euro 1.9 million. The building is owned by the Fontanestadt Neuruppin (Neuruppin, city of Fontane) and is largely managed by the users themselves. The individual management organisations remain independent, have individual use agreements and each pay the management costs and a maintenance reserve. The Internationale Bund e.V. performs the role of landlord.

Project chronology

Until 1994Building used as a children’s combination with nursery, toddlers’ group and after-school club
1995Continual reduction in the size of the nursery; institutions with contracts with the nursery move in
1998Submission of the concept “Haus der Vereine” to the State of Brandenburg
2000The “Krümelkiste” is supported as a key project of the “Soziale Stadt” programme
2002Start of conversion to a community centre
2006Completion of the building renovation
2007The “Krümelkiste” becomes a multi-generational house
Autumn 2007Completion of the outdoor facilities


Zufahrt und Fahrradabstellmöglichkeiten am BürgerhausSource: Stadtteilbüro in der "Krümelkiste"

  • Creation of a meeting place for all generations
  • Creation of an education and advice centre
  • Realisation of a high quality conversion and structural upgrading of the neighbourhood
  • Establishment of the community centre as a new centre in the district.

Types of measures

Blick auf die Terrasse des BürgerhausesSource: plan zwei, Hannover

  • Conversion and renovation of a former children’s combination
  • Measures accompanied by the urban district office
  • Integration of education projects
  • Consideration of the wishes and requirements of the future users


Blick auf das Außengelände des BürgerhausesSource: Stadtteilbüro in der "Krümelkiste"

The project combines retaining a building in a prefabricated housing estate with a conversion into a “house for all” with uses related to the neighbourhood. Finally, the design of the urban neighbourhood has been enhanced as a result of the conversion and contributes to the identification with the urban neighbourhood.

The neighbourhood’s image in the City of Neuruppin was strengthened with the conversion. As a result of the community project preparation and self-managed use in cooperation with citizens, management organisations and city administration, the project also has an internally stabilising effect.


  • Interview with Ms Böhme, manager of the multi-generational house, women’s and family centre; Ms Hinze, head of the school office; Mr Maars, urban planning office, and Mr Frinken, urban district office, on 07 June 2007 in Neuruppin
  • Neuruppin City of Fontane: Living environment improvement Südstadt WK I-III, 1993 – 2006, Results. Neuruppin, 2007

Further information

  • Multi-generational House Krümelkiste flyer. Ihr Treffpunkt im Neubaugebiet WK I-III in der Fontanestadt Neuruppin (Your meeting place in the WK I-III estate in Neuruppin). Neuruppin 2007
  • Märkische Allgemeine: “Treffpunkt Krümelkiste. Wie aus einer Plattenbau-Kita ein Begegnungszentrum wurde.” (Krümelkiste meeting place. How a prefabricated nursery became a community centre) 30.09.2006,
  • Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning: Initiative Architektur und Baukultur: Baukultur in Städten und Gemeinden. A project collection. Bonn, 2004
  • The programme "Soziale Stadt" was started in 1999 in order to combat the increasing social and geographical division in the cities. Through the programme, new approaches towards urban district development are supported in German cities and communities. Further information available at:

The projekt site ist to be found at postal code: 16816 - town: Neuruppin - street: Otto-Grotewohl-Straße 1a.

Poject site on Google-Maps: Neuruppin - Südstadt

Last update: 15.01.2018

Additional Information


  • Matthias Frinken, Urban district office in the “Krümelkiste”, Otto-Grotewohl-Strasse 1a, 16816 Neuruppin, E-Mail:, Tel.: ++49 (0)3391 – 510407
  • Gudrun Hinze, Neuruppin city administration, head of the schools office, E-Mail:, Tel.: ++49 (0)3391 - 355-690
  • Rosemarie Böhme, Manager of the Multi-generational House Krümelkiste, Otto-Grotewohl-Strasse 1a, 16816 Neuruppin, E-Mail:, Tel.:++49 (0)3391 - 3201, Fax: ++49 (0)3391 - 7688432

Record inserted on 19.08.2008 by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR).

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