Publication // Buchpräsentation VERSATILE SPACE(s)

We cordially invite you to the book presentation of the project VERSATILE SPACE(s), a cooperative teaching and research project of the research areas Building Construction 2 and Structural Design, TU Vienna.

on Wednesday, 13.12. at 17:00
House Wittgenstein,
Parkgasse 18, 1030 Vienna

Welcome to Haus Wittgenstein / Rumjana Koneva | Director of the BKI Haus Wittgenstein
Welcome and introductory words on EXCITE research funding / Rudolf Scheuvens | Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning, TU Vienna
Introductory words from the team / Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Peter Bauer, Marilies Wedl and Burcu Ates
Musical intro / Jimmy Chiang | pianist and conductor
Presentation of the Ve.Sh Pavilion / Students of the summer semester 2023: Gjinai Elsa, Krystsina Mailevich, and Ekaterina Mihaylova
A preview for the Wittgenstein Haus / Students of the winter semester 2024: Bernhard Wehofer and Anselm Haufer

We look forward to nice conversations about the project over a glass of wine. Please register at

Yours sincerely
department of building construction and design – Hochbau 2

About Versatile Space(s)
The Versatile Space(s) Design Studios, a cooperation between the research departments of Building Construction 2 and Structural Design at TU Wien, have been focussing on innovative architectural concepts and multidisciplinary approaches since 2021. Their main focus is on the experimental development of adaptable spatial structures on a 1:1 scale, whereby the versatility is adapted to the context, such as the location and use. Sustainable and circular building practices play a central role here. The project received EXCITE funding from TU Wien and new partners in 2022. In the summer semester, students were given the task of developing a changeable spatial structure that integrates architecture, geometry, resource-efficient structural design and construction materials in a synergistic overall concept.

During the participatory design process, a conscious decision was made to use only recycled building materials. In cooperation with the Materialnomaden, aluminium louvre blades were used, which came from the demolition of the former OMV building in Vienna. By reusing the slats, not only is a sustainable design solution created, but the requirements for resource-saving construction are also met. Based on all these aspects, the controversial name of our pavilion was born:, for ‘Versatile Trash Pavilion’. In order to be able to use the aluminium slats as a load-bearing element, a profound examination of geometric and structural principles was required. Linear construction elements were used to describe a double-curved overall shape. This shaping surface is intelligently subdivided into sections and enables the creation of numerous design variants through the spatial rearrangement of identical elements. Three spatial configurations were developed in the studio: “the passage”, “the stage” and “the room”.

The pavilion was set up, converted and used by the students from 21 to 30 June on Karlsplatz in front of TU Wien. In keeping with the theme of the future and the use of resources in the construction industry, the team organised a series of events, including the “5 to 12 Lunch Dialogues” with experts. The construction is currently being evaluated and an optimised and new room structure is being prepared for installation in Haus Wittgenstein in 2024.

Versatile Space(s) Team:

Students: Raphael Auffarth, Yoan Avramov, Peter Babos, Antonia Behr, Sara Borjanovic, Dan Pavel Bucur, Emily Marlena Fuchs, Elsa Gjinaj, Vanessa Jäger, Eralba Jonuzi, Gergely Juhasz, Marija Klisanin, Anja Krnetic, Krystina Masilevich, Johannes Matthes, Ekaterina Mihaylova, Uros Miletic, Cathal O’Brien, Dylan Reilly, Rok Zidar

Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger. Senior Lecturer HB2, TU Vienna, Büro space-craft Architektur, Academic Director EMBA Space Architecture of TU Vienna, Academic Director Space Programme of the Science Academy Lower Austria, Academician International Academy of Astronautics. Research and publications on Habitability Design in and for extreme Environments, Emerging Fields in Architecture, and Space Architecture.

Peter Bauer. Co-founder of werkraum Ingenieure ZT-GmbH, Vice President of the Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, member of the Presidential Council of the Austrian Standards Institute, Professor of Structural Design, Head of the Institute of Architectural Sciences at Vienna University of Technology. His areas of research include optimisation and comparative sustainability studies of structures and components, taking into account material-specific indicators.

Marilies Wedl. Architect based in Vienna, teaches at the Vienna University of Technology and is researching the synergy between special methods for rationalising free-form geometries and their resource-efficient structural implementation.

Excite 22 Team:  Dr. Ing. DI Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Burcu Ates, Predrag Milic, Laura Sobral, DI Marilies Wedl

Project Partners: Materialnomaden, ig Architektur und

5 vor 12 Lunch Dialog Partners: Katja Schechtner, Werner Sobek, Bazon Brock, die Materialnomaden, ig-Architektur, Janina Gloria, Kinder der Volksschule Braunhubergasse und ihr Lehrer Jan Braula, und Hemma Fasch.

To listen to:
Versatile Space(s) – im Gespräch mit Werner Sobek

Versatile Space(s) – im Gespräch mit den Materialnomaden

Versatile Space(s) – im Gespräch mit Bazon Brock