Design Studio WS 96/97


On behalf of the Federal Building Directorate Vienna, a revitalization concept for the so-called “Luftpavillion” in the courtyard 2 of the Vienna University of Technology in Vienna 4th, Karlsplatz 13 is currently being elaborated. For the implementation of this project, architect Dipl.-Ing. Willmann has been commissioned with the planning services. In addition, the courtyard 2 itself is to be redesigned.

Due to the sensitivity of the central project location within the historical environment and with regard to a use that meets today’s and future demands as much as possible, a joint project development involving student design work is being carried out as a first attempt.

In a joint dialogue between the Federal Building Directorate Vienna, the lead architect and the Institute of Spatial Design – Department of Spatial Simulation – the creation of a revitalization concept for courtyard 2, taking into account the study of the air pavilion, is thus to take place as an exercise.


The 2nd courtyard including the pavilion in the main building of the Vienna University of Technology is to be renovated or redesigned. The air pavilion as well as the former wind tunnel of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics is under monumental protection. It is intended to use this building as a small restaurant with an exhibition facility. The current buffet in the auditorium is to be abandoned in its present form and would find a new home at this location. From this perspective, a substantial expansion of the current offerings could be realized. However, the designation “small restaurant” should not be misleading; one could therefore also speak of a “café with additional offer”. It is planned to raise the culinary palette in qualitative terms. The outdoor zone of the pavilion is to be included in the gastronomic use.

The so-called TVFA is currently supplied via the 2nd courtyard. Whether and to what extent a move to another location is realistic cannot be estimated at present. In the 2nd courtyard, parking spaces in and of themselves are not planned. At most, a delivery must be considered here. The construction of a turning loop is an integral part of the user wishes. Whether the clearance height of the existing crane runway is sufficient remains to be clarified.

With regard to the planning task, the design of the 1st courtyard is to be included insofar as a dialogue is envisaged. This statement is thus not to be understood as an invitation to create maximum contrast.

  • The following aspects are also of importance:
  • the existing lighting in the 2nd courtyard. is to be considered;
  • the ratio between green and paved areas has not yet been determined;
  • the fire brigade-related parking areas are also to be determined. Otherwise, a load of 3.5 t is to be expected for the areas to be trafficked.
  • the redesign of auditorium 7 is not in itself part of the design project; nevertheless, its connection to the 2nd courtyard may be the subject of design work;
  • the niche-like areas in the eastern area can be designed for recreational purposes.


The required design documents are not fully available at this time. The pavilion is currently being included. The drawing representation of the surrounding courtyard facades is available with the exception of the so-called superstructure laboratory (lecture hall 7 on the ground floor). All documents can be used for the surrounding model 1:100. The design proposals are to be placed in the scale range 1:100 to 1:1. In particular, interior design details and samples are to be shown at a scale of 1:20. If required, 1:1 simulations can be carried out on site or in the space laboratory.


A question and answer session is held in conjunction with the program handout. After that, corrections will be made in intervals of 2-3 weeks, each time assuming individual further work on the project. These meetings will also be attended by Arch. Willmann, who was commissioned for the renovation of the pavilion by the Federal Building Directorate Vienna, will also participate in these meetings. However, in view of the limited number of participants, changes can be fixed. Before Christmas, a “jury” will be held, in which representatives of the responsible authorities from the areas of monument protection (Federal Monuments Office), urban design (Municipal Department 19) and administration (TU Economics Department) will also participate.

Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of February 1997. After consultation with the Economics Department, project-related material costs can be covered.


The preliminary meeting will take place on 16.10.96 at 5 pm in lecture hall 14A. In view of the complexity of the task, only students of higher semesters can participate in this course (limited number of participants!).