I have never seen so many architects on one place in one time. They are everywhere!!! :)
In this snowy and typical winter day have arrived around 40 people a most of them are the whole day discussing the structure, buildings, construction and models of the whole EC. Just from time to time they have a coffee and tea break, but the rest of the time they are simply in the plans. And because we have been thinking about the way, how to improve our blog, we have decided to give a space to the others for expressing the impressions from the EC visit. So, the next paragraphs were written by Marianne and Kai:
Friday evening, the dinner table hosted more and more people from all over the place. Wonderful Lisa and her helpers created excellent food for guests and residents. Niclas, our permanent cook, will have to live up to this :)
Later, after meditation, when we were again packed like sardines, people shared good mood, met old and made new friends and developed working plans for the next days. 15 Architects for two and a half days worked together visualizing how the Europe Center will look like in future und figured out the way to work together effectively. Of course in the evenings we appreciated the outcome of the distinguished local breweries. Particularly strong Allgäuer Bockbier enjoyed much positive reception. Reliable sources reported that in the future we may even have regular beer supply from the Czech Republic.
Again friends from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Poland were in the house and continued the work that was started or carried out last weekend outdoors and indoors. Cleaning the lofts, preparing and painting the walls in the basement, supporting the kitchen, house work, logging, barn cleaining and shovelling snow was on the agenda. In between lots of exchange of friendship, fun, experience and skills happened. In the office a band of girls, who can read and count both in German and English language, established a basis for the financial management of the Europe Center.
This Saturday three pretty blond girls, Silke, Beate und Kerstin, from Munich, the cosmopolitan city with a heart (Weltstadt mit Herz) in the farer vicinity of the Europe Center, came for creatively cutting and applying transparent protective lamination to the antic furniture we use in the dining room. Experience from former weekends proved that this is a very practical solution :)
This is a place for surplus and joy.
Sunday morning, after a day of thick grey clouds and tons of fresh snow, a blazing winter sun above the mountain range in the south amazed everybody. Therefore, in the afternoon many took off for a stroll at the shoreline of the lake down below the center. Perhaps, Caty figured, the wooden shack right at the lake that also belongs to us will be later used as a honey moon suite :) Then we checked out coffee and homemade cake served at the self service restaurant directly at the frozen lake. Sitting on the restaurant’s porch and enjoying the late afternoon sun, stories were exchanged and the laughing factor remained quite high until the sun set behind the mountain range.