253.I76 Design Studio Richter-School Art Space
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, UE, 12.0h, 15.0EC


  • Semester hours: 12.0
  • Credits: 15.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to develop architectural solution strategies that take into account the complexity of building in existing contexts. They can form a design synthesis from the complex requirements of the space, the exhibition, the architectural exhibit as well as the structural framework conditions such as building physics, load-bearing structure, sustainability.
Through independent research, students can architecturally record existing building structures, represent them in terms of planning and in analytical models, and develop conceptual spatial solutions on this basis. They can comprehend the interrelationship between architecture as an urban and interior-spatial exhibit and its transformation into a background for exhibiting through documentary analyses.
Students are able to create concepts and design projects in plan, image, model and text on the basis of their own research, to situate them in the professional discourse, to discuss and present them.

Subject of course

Buildings are evaluated and used very differently in the course of their existence. In particular, buildings that were already controversially discussed at the time of their construction often provoke permanently diverging assessments by users, the public and experts. Helmut Richter's school at Kinkplatz, built in 1994, exemplifies this divergence: after only 23 years, its use as a school was discontinued in 2017. Its ability to be renovated as a school building is evaluated differently in the pedagogical, political and architectural discourse.

The Richter School as an architectural manifestation of a spatial-technological conception of the future needs a rethinking of options in order to open up the blocked discourse. In the Integrative Design course Kunsthalle in der Richter-Schule, innovative strategies for dealing with the existing building in steel and glass construction are developed. The starting point is the transformation into a decentralised Viennese Kunsthalle, an action space for cultural activities.
Helmut Richter's positive utopia is to be updated in the course of the transformation into an art hall in the environment of the discourses on decolonisation and decarbonisation of public buildings and become a hothouse for education and culture.
The transformation of buildings relevant to architectural history for a subsequent cultural use raises complex architectural issues that oscillate between the spatial and functional requirements of the intended exhibition operation and the architectural artefact: providing a backdrop for exhibits and cultural activities and at the same time being an architectural exhibit of itself.

Teaching methods

Based on the strategy of transforming the existing building, the architectural-spatial potential of the existing building and its traces of time are discursively examined and placed in the context of a new museum concept (postcolonial, performative) and sustainability (decarbonisation). The basis of the concept development is a precise spatial and material inventory analysis as well as reading and describing the significant elements and traces of the existing building as an architectural exhibit.
Development of an action-oriented documentation on a new museum practice and on sustainable building strategies in existing buildings.
The approach to the existing interior and exterior space and the architectural dialogue between the curatorial requirements of the use as a performative museum and the technologically determined spatial structure is based on conceptual and working models.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Supervision appointments every Thursday from 14:00 to 18:30.
In addition, two workshop weeks are planned for intensive work in a shared workspace atmosphere, as the exchange with colleagues is to be promoted through joint work on site. Attendance during these weeks is expected to be as continuous as possible.
Workshop I: 10 – 14 October 2022
Workshop II: 12 – 16 December 2022
Special dates:                                                                          
Concept presentation on 03 and 04 November 2022
Draft presentation on 01 and 02 December 2022
Final presentation on 26 and 27 January 2023

Kick-off event on 06 October from 10:00 am.
Site visit 07 October 10:00 a.m.



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 13:0006.10.2022HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Introductio Design Studio
Fri10:00 - 13:0007.10.2022 Möllersdorf, TraiskirchenArchitekturzentrum Wien, Außendepot Möllersdorf
09:00 - 19:0010.10.2022 - 14.10.2022Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
09:00 - 19:0010.10.2022 - 14.10.2022Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Fri13:00 - 18:0014.10.2022 - 20.01.2023Seminarraum BD 02C Entwurfsbesprechung
Thu14:00 - 18:3020.10.2022 - 26.01.2023Seminarraum review
Fri09:00 - 14:0021.10.2022 - 20.01.2023Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 3 Entwurfsbesprechung
Fri09:00 - 19:0004.11.2022Raumlabor Mid term critics – concept
Thu14:00 - 18:3024.11.2022Projektraum 2 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! review
09:00 - 19:0001.12.2022 - 02.12.2022Raumlabor mid term critics – design
Fri13:00 - 18:0009.12.2022Projektraum RG - 4/253 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! design support
09:00 - 19:0012.12.2022 - 16.12.2022Projektraum Arsenal 2 - Obj. 214 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Workshop – Arsenal
Thu13:00 - 18:0015.12.2022Seminarraum 8 design support
09:00 - 18:0009.02.2023 - 10.02.2023 Festsaal – TU WienFinal critics
Fri18:30 - 20:3003.03.2023Seminarraum nachbesprechung ws 2022.2023
Design Studio Richter-School Art Space - Single appointments
Thu06.10.202210:00 - 13:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Introductio Design Studio
Fri07.10.202210:00 - 13:00 Möllersdorf, TraiskirchenArchitekturzentrum Wien, Außendepot Möllersdorf
Mon10.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
Mon10.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Tue11.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
Tue11.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Wed12.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
Wed12.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Thu13.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
Thu13.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Fri14.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Workshop
Fri14.10.202209:00 - 19:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Workshop
Fri14.10.202213:00 - 18:00Seminarraum BD 02C Entwurfsbesprechung
Thu20.10.202214:00 - 18:30Seminarraum review
Fri21.10.202209:00 - 14:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 3 Entwurfsbesprechung
Fri21.10.202213:00 - 18:00Seminarraum BD 02C Entwurfsbesprechung
Thu27.10.202214:00 - 18:30Seminarraum review
Fri28.10.202209:00 - 14:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 3 Entwurfsbesprechung
Fri28.10.202213:00 - 18:00Seminarraum BD 02C Entwurfsbesprechung
Thu03.11.202214:00 - 18:30Seminarraum review

Examination modalities

Detailed research into the spatial existing structures, the principles of exhibiting against the background of the postcolonial museum, the questioning of architecture as exhibit and the sustainability concepts for the inventory in the context of decarbonisation. Evidence of the research by means of a logbook kept throughout.
Planning, pictorial, graphic and textual realisation of a concept and design developed from this at scales of 1:2,000 to 1:1. Site plans, floor plans, sections, views, façade section, details, conceptual principle representations, pictorial representations, models.


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master (10 ECTS / 15 ECTS)12.09.2022 09:0026.09.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


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