253.D99 Kunstraum Superstadt
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, UE, 8.0h, 10.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 8.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: UE Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to work on complex design tasks in the field of architecture and urban planning independently, systematically and with an original, contemporary design approach based on a precise architectural language. They have the competence to recognise fields of action in an urban context and to develop appropriate urban planning solutions. Students will be able to conduct their own research and to establish topic-related fundamentals. They will be able to create design concepts and present them comprehensively in the form of draft and detailed plans.

Subject of course

Einführung: Fr. 4.10.2019, 9.00h, Raumlabor  

In its development from an infrastructure hub to a place of new urbanity Vienna International Airport is now in the process of programmatically differentiating itself. After hotels, office and congress spaces and, most recently, a health centre, the next cultural issue to come to the fore is the construction programme of the airport landside. How can public spaces be created that are shaped by cultural uses and thus create urbanity?

The prototype of this development is the Kunstraum Superstadt(super city art space). As a bridge between the terminals and the office city, the Kunstraumcreates a space that provokes and allows visitors to stay and meet beyond the airport’s typical wait. Based on examples of Austrian architecture since the beginning of modernism, we ask ourselves how a contemporary exhibition space in the Airport City must be designed.

The space is simultaneously a place of encounter and of interdisciplinary debate. 

Exhibition spaces are places of discourse and education. Exhibitions have the task of being a public forum for relevant topics and of relating their visitors to narratives that they digest and show. In museums and archives, on the other hand, the focus is on collecting, preserving and researching artefacts. An exhibition space at the airport is not a museum, but it can establish significant relationships with the collections and archives of the Vienna museum landscape. In return, it places the issue of exhibiting as a spatio-temporal event at the centre of its identity. 

Based on a specific Austrian genealogy of the exhibition as an event since early modernism, the exhibition becomes not only a display but also an exhibit on the topic: in 1925, Friedrich Kiesler develops an exhibition system for the Austrian theatre section of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernesin Paris, consisting of his layering and carrier system, which as a “City in Space” is simultaneously an expression of an ideal city model. In the 1960s Walter Pichler and Hans Hollein, Haus Rucker Co. and others update the idea of the ideal city as an exhibition. 

Super City

Today, Airport City Vienna is an attractive office city at Schwechat Airport with the claim to be an autonomous city. Airport City is located in the centre of the dynamic business location of Vienna International Airport. It is closely linked to the airport and the future high-speed road and rail networks. The infrastructure hub, the immediate proximity to the Danube and the connection to the new Silk Road form the general conditions for this location.

The super city research project was set in the future, in the year 2068.

The super city is concentrated in the area of the Airport City Vienna on an area with a diameter of 400m. 100,000 people will live and work here. The super city is a high-density location that provokes new forms of coexistence. Architecture is becoming the decisive medium. It frees the city island from its monofunctional origins in order to become a place of cultural density and diversity, a centre of life and work, science and art. The surrounding landscape separates the super city from historic Vienna and acts as a complementary landscape of the high-density city island.

Exhibit and Display

Architecture can be exhibited and it itself can exhibit something. The difference between its function as an exhibit and its function as a display is expressed in this dual function. In a collection presentation (such as in the Vienna Architecture Centre), these two functions can enter into a relationship: a contemporary space display is produced to show historic architecture. In contrast, no historic exhibits are shown in the Kunstraum Superstadt. This is not about exhibiting archives and collections and developing a specific display for them. In the Kunstraum Superstadt, on the contrary, the task is to design an exhibition space that emanates from the specific context of the Airport City and addresses the issue of exhibiting at this location.

The Integrative Design course combines the content of the bachelor‘s course and the competences acquired in the studios into complex architectural tasks. The students acquire the ability to understand architecture as a process in which the prerequisites and goals of a design task are worked on in terms of urban planning and architecture. A draft is developed on the basis of social, spatial, constructive and technical requirements. On the basis of a coherent conclusive concept, the design is worked through in the form of draft and detailed plans and is presented in the form of plans and models.

Teaching methods

Based on the analysis of selected examples of exhibition spaces and spatial concepts, you will develop a concept for spatial models of exhibiting.

As a team, you will develop an urban planning concept that creates a spatial link between the city and the terminals.

In individual work you define an exhibition and cultural space.

You will develop a selected spatial area down to the last detail on the basis of analogue models and drawings. 

The design work is divided into sections and goes through all scales. 

The project is developed on the basis of physical models.

You will also be supported with presentations and layouts in the Graphic Design course.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Introduction:Fri. 4.10.2019, 9.00h, Raumlabor                 

Workshop: Mo. 14.-17.10.2019, 10-17.00h Gr. Prechtlsaal:     

Symposium Kunstraum Superstadt: Mi. 16.10.2019, 10-20.00h Gr. Prechtlsaal:      

Presentation. Mi. 13.11.2019, 9.00h      Sem4  

Design concept: Mi. 11.12. 2019, 9.00h   Gr. Prechtlsaal

Final presentation: Mi. 22.1. 2019, 9.00h          Sem4  

Deadline: Mi. 29.1. 2019, 9.00h, Raumlabor  

Exhibition and presentation: Mi. 11.3. 2019, 17.00h 



Examination modalities

Design Project shown in drawings and models


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri - 31.01.2020assessedno application-Endbenotung


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Bachelor Entwerfen WS1916.09.2019 09:0030.09.2019 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture 6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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