251.177 Design Studio
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, UE, 8.0h, 10.0EC


  • Semester hours: 8.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to deal creatively with historical buildings, because all design work on protected structures requires specific expertise and appropriate strategies. This course offers students the opportunity to study the manifold requirements that are needed to conserve, restore, renovate and manage a historic monument.


Subject of course

Swimming at the lake again

The indoor swimming pool in Neusiedl am See, opened in 1977, is located just outside the town centre, on the edge of the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl. The bathing facility is the only completed building of the planned recreation centre, which was intended to include also a congress centre and other functions. Built according to the design of the architects Stelzer and Hutter, the structure is one of the important representatives of Brutalism in Burgenland and has recently been listed as a historical monument. The construction consists of a base storey in exposed concrete and a supporting wooden structure. The façade of the bathing floor opens up to the surrounding reed landscape with large glass surfaces.
After more than 40 years of continuous use, the building is now empty. No structural changes have been made in the area of the central sports pool since its completion. The pool has thus largely been preserved in its original condition, but it is also in need of maintenance measures and adaptation to today's usage needs and technical requirements for a public pool.

The central task of our design course in the winter semester 2023/24 is, after a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the existing building, to conceive and implement a compatible and sustainable further use of the pool with suitable secondary uses (teams of two). The design task includes not only structural measures within the existing structure, but also a planned expansion of the bathing area to include an additional pool suitable for competitive swimming and the subsequent use and possible careful redesign of the extensive outdoor area, which also dates from the 1970s.



From 21 to 24 October we will travel to Burgenland and visit not only the indoor swimming pool but also other interesting objects and places in the region. Participation in the excursion is compulsory. Arrival on 21.10.2023 until 10.30, departure on 24.10.2023 (at noon); accommodation in the region will be organised. The excursion fee is approx. € 200,- and includes costs for accommodation and visits. The journey to and from Neusiedl has to be organised by the participants themselves, there is also a public connection with the ÖBB.




Teaching methods

  • Theoretical elaboration of the topic (source research)
  • Construction analysis
  • Determination of the preservation measures
  • Use concept and design

Mode of examination


Additional information


Thursday 5.10.2023, 10:00 AM; Seminar room 257

Course dates: every Thursday between 9:00 AM and 01:00 PM, Sem 257


This design studio is linked to the course 251.181



Examination modalities

  • Participation during the excursion
  • Presentation of a design with a model


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master (10 ECTS / 15 ECTS)18.09.2023 09:0025.09.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Mandatory elective


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