Offene Werkstatt Karlsruhe

Freiraum zum Selbermachen

Self-organized space to do it yourself

Whether wood, metal, fabric, electrical, paint, clay or bicycle, in the Open Workshop you can make, experiment, repair and learn new things yourself. We see the workshop as a form of communally organized commons. Here we want to share tools, machines, materials and knowledge beyond the logic of profit.

The project also aims to support people who have little experience in handicrafts, to offer a platform to share skills and to express themselves creatively without financial hurdles. We aim to provide a non-discriminatory space where resources are shared and learning is possible at one’s own pace. Depending on our support capacities, the space is open to all people.

Workshop of the future

Around the world, more and more do-it-yourself initiatives are emerging, in which a variety of concerns and problems are dealt with collectively. In these collaborative contexts – beyond market and state – a grassroots democratic understanding of living together and urbanity is tested and at the same time ecologically and socially meaningful solutions for basic forms of supply with food, energy and technology accessible to all are sought.
We see ourselves in this tradition and want to create a piece of jointly managed infrastructure with the Open Workshop. By sharing saws, sewing machines or welding equipment and helping each other with them, we want to conserve resources and contribute to a sustainable way of life.

Opening hours

Tuesdays 19:00 to 21:00
Wednesdays 18:30 to 21:00 (even weeks)
Saturdays 11:00 till 15:00 (even weeks)

Events and spontaneous opening hours can be found on our website, Telegram channel and Instagram channel.

Join us

If you would like to join us, please contact us by mail or come by. As a member you can also visit the workshop outside the opening hours and open the workshop for others. Please contact us if you want to organize a workshop or an event in the workshop.

We also need money…

At the moment the space is managed by a small collective and we are looking forward to new people who support us organizationally, with material or financially.
The workshop can only function if it is supported. Think about whether you want to give us a „coffee“ or a „crate of beer“ per month and set up a standing order. With this money we can pay the rent, organize workshops, buy wear parts and new equipment.

Account details:
Account holder: Offene Werkstatt Karlsruhe e.V.
IBAN: DE13 4306 0967 1310 0756 00
reference: Donation


Schauenburgstr. 5
76135 Karlsruhe

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