Studio WS 98/99

Room design for …

… Cliff divers, tide watchers, tightrope walkers, lighthouse keepers, geophysicists, astronomers, high diver, peak climbers, divers, aeronauts, glaciologists, volcanologists, coral breeders, marathon runners …

About the theme

The goal of finding the design of the room for one or another of the “target groups” addressed involves first defining some personal, quite subjective, criteria that are capable of characterizing the protagonist in question. For example, what passion drives the cliff diver to plunge headlong into the depths? What does the summit striker hope to find at the end of his path? At what temperature does a volcanologist feel comfortable? Asking initial questions and answering them, which is certainly subjective, lays the foundation for all subsequent decisions. The architectural structure grows out of the world of abstract ideas and thoughts. The basic framework, which is first materialized detached from material and surface. A structure that allows events, even more provokes them. It is therefore not merely a matter of an indefinite number of spatial design decisions in terms of size, proximity and scale, but rather of the self-contained unit. A unit that should be capable of both enabling appropriate use and transforming immaterial relationships into physical form.

About the exercise

In the first work phase, a spatial composition is to be developed individually, from which the “target group” can be read retrospectively. The activity is to be examined for its characteristics, so that an effective conversion can come off. In order to integrate the chance of the moment and the associated spontaneity in the design process into the exercise, the respective “target group” will only be announced at the time of the first work phase. It should be emphasized that the focus of interest is not the copying of aesthetically sophisticated solutions or their recomposition or reworking, but rather very personal, i.e. subjective, proposals for solutions to human forms of behavior and expression. In the second work phase (mid-October to the beginning of December) the individual working through takes place according to spatial design aspects. The third work phase deals with the construction of a 1:1 model in the space laboratory (January ë99 / in groups).

For the first phase of work

What to bring? 1 kg of clay and a stable base plate 30 x 45 cm as well as appropriate tools (wire, knife, spatula, etc.). This work phase will take place for all groups on 14.10.98 from 9.00-13.00 in the Prechtlsaal. The group division and supervision will be announced at this time.

About the lecture

Parallel to the exercise, the accompanying lecture will take place on Wednesdays at 16:00 in lecture room 14A (main building, 3rd floor).

To the registration

From 9/28-7/10 at the Institute of Spatial Design (mailbox, 4th floor). Introductions will be held on 7/10/98 at 4:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall 14A.