Design Studio SS 03

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In Vienna’s Museumsquartier, the so-called “” will be opened in the area of “Quartier 21” in spring 2003. Mathematics will be illustrated and made tangible in the truest sense of the word. The location proves to be extremely suitable due to its embedding in the new Viennese exhibition landscape. Exhibition objects in are therefore not least understood as artifacts. The thematic focus is on the dialectical relationship of mathematics to theater, cinema, music, painting, architecture, etc.


In this design program, “stimulating objects” are to be developed which, on the one hand, encourage playful exploration and, on the other hand, have a “riddle” to reveal. Visitors (from kindergarten age) are to be introduced in a stimulating and exciting way to the secrets surrounding the use or, on the other hand, the production of such objects. The basic requirement is that the objects to be designed are mobile. Accordingly, they must be able to operate as a “one man show” at different locations. The aim is to develop an interesting attractor for the located in Quartier 21. An object that animates the viewer to interact, demands a course of action from him and in the course of this clarifies the underlying facts. In this way, foldable objects or structures allow the leap from two-dimensional sectional arcs into statically functioning three-dimensional units to be understood, for example, for sitting or lying down. Pneumatic objects could provide information about the necessary volume and its different forms, but also objects for the “measurement” of architectural-mathematical space and much more is conceivable. The connection to mathematics in a broader sense is understood as a challenge, but not as a limitation. A discussion and review with mathematicians is planned and should be seen by both sides as a broadening impulse.


Required is on the one hand the object on a scale of 1:1, which is fully functional in the sense mentioned above, and on the other hand a presentation explaining its use. The latter can be of a graphical nature as well as in the form of a computer-aided representation. No restrictions are made here, however, the documentation should be able to be used repeatedly. The developed objects should on the one hand promote in Quartier 21 and on the other hand serve as longer-term game and explanation models. Thus, with this program there is a quite real chance to find a place in the Museumsquartier with a footprint. The 4-hour exercise refers to the development of a single situation, whereas the 8-hour exercise also calls for an examination of the context of various solutions.

RESUMEE: Math space

There is no doubt that there is a close connection between the two scientific disciplines of architecture and mathematics. Thus, measuring and dimensioning become the basis on which architectural creations can be made in the first place. The fact that, over the course of time, the relationship of these numerical data to one another has been given increased importance by a large number of architects does not need to be mentioned separately. In the context of the designs presented here, an attempt was made to make a selected mathematical basis the subject of an architectural design in each case. Mathematics did not only find expression at the moment of the precise dimensional recording of the object, but already formed the foundation stone for all subsequent design steps. Regardless of whether the objects finally produced are furniture, facade proposals or “toys”, the mathematical experience in the course of exploration always forms the access. The physical interaction, which is, as it were, inevitably demanded by the objects, allows the underlying mathematical facts to be playfully uncovered. Questions about togetherness, volume, balance and completion became the basis of the playful objects presented here, which are spatial and not infrequently even functional in an extended sense. Mathematics therefore also becomes tangible and in many cases comprehensible in the context of these developments.