253.K03 Integrated Design Airport City Vienna. Rauminterventionen
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, 12.0h, 15.0EC


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

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 – autonomously, systematically and with an original contemporary design approach on the basis of a precise architectural language. They will be skilled at recognising areas of intervention in the urban context and developing appropriate urban planning solutions. Students carry out their own research and establish the basic principles that are relevant to the specific subject. They draw up design concepts, illustrate these comprehensively in the form of design and detailed drawings and learn to present these convincingly.

Subject of course

“Airport City Vienna. Spatial Interventions“

Presentation: https://portal.tuwien.tv/View.aspx?id=9976~4F~icjpEgen

Marc Augé regards airports as “non-places” – places of the placeless that enjoy no individual identity, have no shared past and create no social relationships. These are transit spaces, where the focus is on the functional. And their urban surroundings are also non-places that we are now looking to upgrade in architectural and spatial terms.
Airport City Vienna is the piece of city next to the airport that is being transformed from a threshold space into a new urban centre. The objective of the project is to develop places and spaces that offer potential opportunities for exchange and communication. Another objective of the process is to reinvent (post-) public space and to overturn habitual ways of thinking. We will use the example of Airport City to investigate whether the private space of Flughafen Wien AG is capable of opening up this discussion.
“Airport City. Spatial Interventions” is seeking strategies for focussing on people and their needs. Spatial, architectural and landscape interventions should penetrate and reinterpret the boundary between public and private space. We will use the existing spaces and facilities as the starting point for the development of a range of new spaces that encourage a sense of community and address the needs of the people in Airport City, return greenery to the city and create liveable places. In the course of the project, the students will develop and install performative, spatial and architectural interventions at Airport City and present these for discussion on the site. The experiences and impacts of these performative interventions on the space will then be retrospectively incorporated and documented in the projects.
Airport City Vienna is located at the heart of Vienna International Airport and offers office space in the immediate vicinity of the terminal, the Cargo Center Vienna logistics and freight handling centre and the future east & west zones. A new economic hub covering a total of 360,000 m2 is being created. 230 companies with a total of over 20,000 employees are currently located at the airport. By 2025, 1,400 hotel rooms will be available.
Hence, Airport City Vienna is standing on the threshold of huge changes. Austria’s Eastern Region and the Vienna Airport Region are benefitting from these changes due to their locational qualities and outstanding infrastructure. No longer just the headquarters of Vienna International Airport, Airport City Vienna has developed into an attractive office and administrative location. The pandemic, which brought air traffic to a standstill, played a key role in demonstrating the importance of the Airport City office location as a stabilising factor.
People come together at the airport for many different reasons. Some are departing or arriving. Others remain, work and go home before returning again. These flows occur at different speeds and demand different ways of using the public realm. People need exchange, communication and community. Architecture creates the parameters for supporting this community. Such places are often defined functionally – meeting rooms, rest areas and canteens. But we need far more than these monofunctional spaces. We need places in which we can meet each other and spend time together. The threshold between external and internal spaces is particularly significant in this context, because this determines whether we feel welcome or would rather remain outside, whether we define ourselves as part of society and feel comfortable in the public realm. Such spaces are the “airfield” for all passers-by, the people who work in Airport City Vienna and those who only linger there awhile. We are seeking spatial concepts that will give Airport City Vienna a sustainable form and ensure that people enjoy being there rather than just seeing it as a place of transit.

Teaching methods

Tarp _ The Airport City Research Project was launched in 2018 with the objective of investigating and further developing Airport City Vienna as a location. Airport City Vienna AG organises the administrative, office, hotel and logistics areas of VIE Vienna International Airport. The exchange with representatives of Airport City will support our work.
From the starting point of a spatial analysis of the location and the existing buildings and research into selected examples, you will develop a concept that envisages the creation of a flexibly usable place for exchange and communication.
You will work in teams to produce initial planning information and spatial analyses as a means of recording the existing and preparing the basis for the project. Then, you will work in groups to define an innovative and needs-based spatial programme that is derived from the spatial situations on the site. The objective is to develop a spatial programme that facilitates and encourages communication and collaborative exchange. Examples of such spaces could include quiet areas, exercise facilities, restaurants, areas for sport and movement, temporary spaces for special gatherings or platforms for events.
You will then work individually on the development of a scenario that promotes community, creates room for new ideas and meets special needs. You will develop a selected space in more detail. The design project work is divided into phases and passes through a number of scales.
The project will be developed with the help of physical models. Selected spaces can be presented and simulated on location in the form of performative interventions.
The design is an integrative project for bachelor and master students with special focuses in the areas of scenario, structure and landscape.
On the basis of the analysis of the existing you will develop a scenario for a range of different users of the public realm and plan strategies for communicating the notion of the airport as not just an infrastructure hub but as a living environment.
You will develop the structurally important load-bearing elements of your design. These could include temporary canopies or roofs, platforms, retaining walls, walkways, bridges or steps. Structural variants should be designed and investigated, with a special focus on bracing, dimensioning and assembly, etc.
The transformation of the public space is also accompanied by the development of areas of greenery. Water management, the planting of trees and the sponge city concept are changing our green spaces, impacting upon the microclimate and increasing biodiversity. These are an integral part of the public realm. In such places, in which many interests collide, fair distribution plays an important role because public spaces should be open to all.
Additional courses
The following additional courses are offered as part of the design project.
Exercises in the Spatial Laboratory: LV253.G73 4 ects.
Excursions: LV 253.365 2 ects.
By working in situ, students are better able to intensely address the concrete conditions and exchange with various groups. This type of cooperation intensifies the discussion between students and teachers and encourages a climate of exchange and collaboration. We are looking for engaged students, who are prepared to address both the realities of architectural practice and visions of the future. By getting to know a range of perspectives and preparing in this way for their work as an architect they will be able to gain experience and sound out their future profession.
Airport City Vienna Competition
The section Spatial and Sustainable Design at the Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology is organising the Airport City Vienna competition. Prizes will be awarded to students whose work was produced as part of a course at Vienna University of Technology during the academic year 2023/24. 
Exhibition and publication
The projects will be presented to the public in situ. The exhibition will be accompanied by performative interventions at the project location. A publication will document the projects.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Meetings every Thursday at TU Wien or on Zoom. 

Practice takes place on Tuesday.
Thu. 5.10.2023                13:00                Presentation     Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 - CEE   Stiege 1, 3.Stk.
Thu 9.11.2023                 9:30                  Concept presentation
Thu 14.12.2023               9:30                  Design presentation
Thu 25.1.2024                 9:30                  Submission        

Thu 1.2.2024                   9:30                  Presentation
Thu 14.3.2024                 9:30                  Exhibition
Teaching staff
Kottbauer, Anton; Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., Research Unit Spatial Design
Müller, Vanessa Joan; Univ.Lektorin Dr.in, art historian and exhibition curator
Trolf, Norbert; Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., Research Unit Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning
Tavoussi, Kamyar; Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., Research Unit Structural Design
Pichler, Günter; Senior Scientist Arch. Dipl.-Ing., Reseach Unit Spatial Design
Questions: anton.kottbauer@tuwien.ac.at
Accompanying courses:
253.365 Excursion Spatial Design, 2 ects
253.E82 Excursion Art.Space, 2 ects
253.G73 Exercises in the Spatial Laboratory, 4 ects
Recommended courses:
253.364 Module Art.Space, 15ects
253.364 Module Spatial Design, 15ects
Registration with a portfolio is encouraged.
Required courses:
253.G65 Spatial Design



Course dates

Thu12:00 - 18:0005.10.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Introduction
Tue09:00 - 16:0010.10.2023Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu09:00 - 19:0012.10.2023 - 25.01.2024Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue09:00 - 19:0017.10.2023 - 30.01.2024Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu12:00 - 20:0009.11.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Presentation
09:00 - 19:0013.11.2023 - 16.11.2023Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Workshop
Thu07:00 - 20:0014.12.2023Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Midterm
Thu09:00 - 16:0025.01.2024Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Final Presentation
Thu09:00 - 16:0001.02.2024Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Final Presentation
Integrated Design Airport City Vienna. Rauminterventionen - Single appointments
Thu05.10.202312:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Introduction
Tue10.10.202309:00 - 16:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu12.10.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue17.10.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu19.10.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue24.10.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue31.10.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue07.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu09.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu09.11.202312:00 - 20:00Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Presentation
Mon13.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Workshop
Tue14.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Workshop
Wed15.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Workshop
Thu16.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Workshop
Tue21.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu23.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue28.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu30.11.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Tue05.12.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion
Thu07.12.202309:00 - 19:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Design Discussion

Examination modalities

Continuous assessment: Sub-tasks will be documented in steps in the RG Dropbox. The submission of the design is planned as an analogue presentation. Students are expected to comprehensively illustrate their project in plans, models and documents in analogue and in digital form in the RG Dropbox and participate in publications and exhibitions.


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Bachelor (15 ECTS)18.09.2023 09:0025.09.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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Previous knowledge

It is recommended to have completed the Basics of Design courses beforehand.


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