Driving along the inconspicuous Saalfelder Straße in the West of Leipzig there is definitely one thing you wouldn’t expect between factories and industrial buildings: A centre of arts and culture. Nevertheless, shortly after entering the terrain of the Kunstkraftwerk, we instinctively feel that there is something special hidden behind the walls of the old power plant…however it has not always been like that:
Nearly until to the end of the 20th century a lot of parts in Saxony, as well as the west of Leipzig, were shaped by its industry. After the reunification of East Germany and West Germany a lot of power plants were radically shut down and today only the fallow ruins remind us of former times. The same happened with the former heat and power station until its architectonical value was noticed by two courageous citizens of Leipzig. They decided to rebuilt the former power station.