archXchange Pavilion | versatile space(s) Pavillon
Saturday 24.02 | 21:00
Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien

As every year, the TURN ON STUDIO format concludes the architecture festival with a selection of special design projects by students. After all, universities offer scope and room for thought to develop possibilities for future architecture. The “ecological turn” plays a fundamental role at practically all universities today: re-use, economical use of materials, thinking in material cycles. Today’s generation of young students has already internalised the urgency of these topics as a matter of course; the question is what concrete learning content and experiences are conveyed and how these can also reach the public.two design studios at the Building Construction – Construction and Design HB2 research department at TU Wien show examples of how this can be achieved.

The versatile space(s) pavilion, which was set up in public space for ten days in June 2023, brought together the fields of architecture, structural engineering and urbanism in an interdisciplinary way. Building on work from three semesters, under the guidance of lecturers Peter Bauer, Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger and Marilies Wedl, it demonstrated how experimental spatial structures can be realised in public spaces. In cooperation with Materialnomaden, the focus was on upcycling building materials – in this case, louvre slats from the demolition of the former OMV building were used. The programme of events, for which the pavilion served as a stage, brought the university discourse into the public eye. A similar work on a 1:1 scale, the archXchange Pavilion on Karlsplatz, was created in cooperation with Fundermax, supervised by Duks Koschitz and Michael Wildmann. The lightweight construction made of multiple curved elements is based on precise structural and material analyses and a detailed examination of folding and joining. A bench was also designed to serve as a meeting point during the installation period.

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Students: A. Marx, F. Dissegna, J. Grabher, M. Pospichal, N. Kreiner, R. Danailova, B. Díez Cruz, A. Dizdarevic, A. Marold, S. Lukyanchenko, E. Karabel, S. Öztürk, H. Sarikaya, F. Bierich, E. Duchscher
Teaching: D. Koschitz, M. Wildmann
Other contributors: Michael Seidel, Peter Bauer, Hemma Fasch, Michael Meixner (Fundermax)

Students: R. Auffarth, Y. Avramov, P. Babos, A. Behr, S. Borjanovic, D. P. Bucur, E. M. Fuchs, E. Gjinaj, V. Jäger, E. Jonuzi, G. Juhasz, M. Klisanin, A. Krnetic, K. Masilevich, J. Matthes, E. Mihaylova, U. Miletic, C. O’Brien, D. Reilly, R. Zidar;
Excite 22 Team: S. Häuplik-Meusburger, B. Ates, P. Milic, L. Sobral, M. Wedl
Other contributors: Materialnomaden, ig Architektur,, Katja Schechtner, Werner Sobek, Bazon Brock, Janina Gloria, Volksschule Braunhubergasse mit Jan Braula, Hemma Fasch

Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, versatile space(s). Senior Lecturer HB2, TU Wien, Büro space-craft Architektur, Academic Director EMBA Space Architecture at TU Wien and the Space programme of the Science Academy NÖ, Academician International Academy of Astronautics. Research and publications on Habitability Design in and for extreme Environments, Emerging Fields in Architecture and Space Architecture.

Duks Koschitz, archXchange. PhD, has been a professor at Pratt Institute and director of the d.r.a. (Centre for Design Research at Pratt) since 2013. Last year he taught design at the Vienna University of Technology. Duks has been an independent architect and artist since 2007, was one of the co-founders of sparc in Boston and before that a senior designer at Neil Denari in L.A.

Michael Wildmann, archxchange. Univ.-Ass HB2, studied at the TU Vienna and McGill University Montréal. Independent architect since 2004, managing director of grundstein Architektur. Since 2012 teaching and research activities at TU Wien, KU Leuven, FH Campus Wien and FH Wels.

Peter Bauer, versatile space(s). 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 load-bearing structures and components, taking into account material-specific indicators.

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

Foto: Hertha Hurnaus | Design Studio versatile space(s)