In the beautiful north of Germany, in between Berlin and the Baltic Sea we aim to establish a unique workspace and studio for creatives and craftsmen. The estate of Hohenbrünzow, built in the 19th century, is about to become our playground for the future.
Here, in the quite special, vast northern countryside, we generate a space where you can realize your own ideas or join in on shared projects, without feeling cramped by the city and its noise around you.
We started to work on the Estate of Hohenbrünzow in early 2018 and built our studiospace. Downstairs we will establish our carpentry in the spring of 2019 followd by some other workspaces. The estate of Hohenbrünzow consists of our three huge barns (2100 m² of unused groundarea) and the manor (which is run by friends of us) and further 14 ha of greenland.
Over the next years we want to advance this place and make it lively and beautiful, providing sustainable livingspaces for about 50 people.
By now, its just us, three brothers (at an age of 23,25 and 28) and our uncle with family, setting up possibilities for friends and people to join.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Crazy skills and lots of fun!
While staying here you will have the chance to learn many skills and techniques related to contruction and renovation of buildings - from planning to executing them. One of us even is a trained carpenter, and we have also studied design, architecture and sustainable economics.
in 2019 we really want to get a bigger garden going, and we are constantly researching and debating about plans and practices such as permaculture.
especially if you stay for a couple of weeks or even longer, we encourage you to bring in ideas and you might well realize an idea or two of your own, be that in the garden, building furniture, thinking of an event in the association or whatever comes to mind!
For us, this place is an incredible play- and learning ground - we constantly test out new things, test ourselves as we make plans that sometimes seem way over our heads. And almost always it works! and we grow with that, gain confidence and experience, and so can you!
and if you have experiences and skills to share, we can aim still higher ;) but to be clear, all this isnt limited to contruction or the like - if you know a craft, or have some crazy cooking skills, or can lead a yoga session.. there is hardly anything we don't want to learn and many other little things we can teach!
What we do is what you do...
Well. We do all sorts of stuff around the yard and there are numerous things we do right now where you could help..
No matter whether you have just finished school or are a skilled carpenter, there is certainly something that you can help us with and will enjoy doing. All the more if you like manual work, be outdoors and get your hands dirty from time to time.
Construction - this is the main thing we do at the moment, tasks vary and plans change. If you write us we might be able to tell you more or less whats happening in a particular week or so... This involves renovation of the barns to make this place more comfortable, advancing the studio, workspaces, flats and shared appartments,
and recycle contruction materials
Gardening, still small-scale, but we want to expand to increase our self sufficiency
Setting up and expanding the treenursery, a permaculture garden, additional raised beds and a greenhouse
we all love cooking and good food, but usually our schedule involves only a late breakfast and a big dinner. We have found this to work best for us - but no one will go hungry or is bound to this schedule. While you're here you are of course free to help yourself to the communal foodstuff and drinks whenever!
together we try to keep things clean and tidy (sorta) - everyone is a part of this.
heating and cooking is woodfired, so occasionally we need to make firewood!
Occasional projects, creative projects - we have space, machinery, lots of scrap material... in the past year, for example, we built an earth-sauna, a wood-fired pizza-oven and raised herb and vegetable beds. Some plans and ideas for 2019 are:
-garden pavilion, chilloutspaces, greenhouse, outdoor kitchen, another sauna, plunge pool, stables for animals, furniture
You can also get involved in planning and taking part in activities of the Atelier 17111 society which we founded to run the studio. Things we had in mind so far were drawing sessions, analogue photography and printmaking, reading circles, seminars on the more theoretical aspects of permaculture and ecological construction and carpentry workshops. We are also gathering ideas for a little festival in the summer...
If you have formal training or the relevant experience, we have a wide range of basic and advanced construction machinery and tools, a digger and a fully equipped carpentry workshop from mid 2019 on to put your skills to best use.
german, english, spanish, some italian,
A work in progress - right now we inhabit our studio where we sleep under the stars of a 4x12 m glass front! there are some spare beds (some proper ones, some military style), and some inflatable matresses.it is good if you bring your own sleeping bag, although we can usually provide blankets - it all depends how many people are around really! The studio is one big room, although a part of it is kind of separated by a curtain - but privacy is not really a thing :D As soon as it gets warmer camping in a tent is also an option..
Running water is still cold, but installing a boiler soon. A compost-toilet is outside, but a proper indoors bathroom will be finished soon. Hot shower in the barn (wood fired, but awesome!).
Since we love to cook the kitchen has almost everything you could think of, tools, spices, a large gas fired stove, sous-vide cooker, flour-mill (we bake our own sourdough-bread), semi-professional ice-cream maker...
For the activities part...while there is not much to do in the immediate suroundings, the baltic sea is only an hour away and there is the possibility to do kayaking in the beautiful peene river. however, we dont get out of here that much, because there is enough fun (and always work) to be had on the estate. as soon as it gets a little warmer we have our daily swim in a nearby lake, enjoy to have barbecues and fires outdoors and.. if you want to visit Berlin, there is a local train going there every hour from the close-by station Sternfeld, which is also where we can usually pick you up and drop you off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week