253.K87 Design Studio Airport City Vienna. Rauminterventionen II. Pausenräume
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, 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. Rauminterventionen II. Pausenräume

Einführung Do.7.3.2024                   10.00h        Seminarraum AD 03 - 1    

                                                         13:00h       Bauplatzbesichtigung

Airport City Vienna is the city surrounding the Vienna Airport, which is being transformed from a threshold space into a new urban center. Based on the existing space and the facilities on site, we will develop spatial offers that focus on public space, promote community and respond to the needs of the people in the Airport City, bring green space back into the city and create liveable spaces for a break. In the course of the design process, the students will develop and install spatial and architectural interventions on the Airport City site and present them for discussion on site.
Break rooms
Breaks are balm for body and soul. They allow us to take a deep breath and make us more productive and efficient. Breaks give us time out, they give us air and space between activities. They open up interspaces in our minds. Breaks have psychological effects, they increase well-being, people feel fitter and generally healthier. Only those who are allowed to let go in between can process impressions, recognize connections, filter the essentials and draw the right conclusions. During breaks, we can slow down and make sure we have a change of pace: Vacations, free time, holidays and weekends create great breaks. Breaks from everyday life do not have to be major events. Complementary activities make breaks more effective. Sedentary activities can be balanced out with exercise, those who work a lot in teams should use a break for personal retreat, and those who are constantly on their feet can take a break for a while. Conscious breathing, perceiving sensory impressions, feeling the wind and weather help us to be in the here and now. Taking active breaks feels better than passively consuming something. Consciously doing nothing, exercise, fresh air, eating and drinking, self-respect and self-care, community, artistic activities such as listening to music can pick us up and take our minds off things.
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. Last but not least, the pandemic has made us aware of the transformation of working. Working from home and remote working have changed our everyday working lives dramatically. The individual workplace has given way to the desire for meeting rooms and meeting zones. People not only go to the office to work, but also to meet colleagues, socialize and engage in informal exchanges. Retreats create free spaces that support teams and make it easier to achieve goals outside of familiar surroundings. However, getting away from everyday life is also important in the daily work routine. A break helps us to avoid fatigue, maintain creativity and increase satisfaction. In the workplace environment, however, it is often difficult to find time for breaks, to distance ourselves from constant availability and to swap constant availability for times that free us up for new thoughts, to find order and clarity or simply to switch off for a moment. To take a break.
The public space outside the office becomes an extended workplace that also promises a break in everyday life. These are spaces for relaxing, chatting with friends, having lunch together or taking a coffee break outside. It can be a place to meditate or a place that is suitable for yoga exercises. Or simply a shady spot under a tree. A break is successful when we are completely in the here and now. Breathe consciously, perceive sensations, consciously experience contact with the ground, actively follow your senses. Rooms can provide us with intensive support. They offer us protection from too much sun, wind or noise. They invite us to sit down, lie down or lean against their walls. Rooms offer us ideas on how we can use places that we hadn't thought of or that we wouldn't expect to find there. They show us spaces of possibility, invite us to be active so that we can continue working afterwards with a clear head.
The requirements for break times are very different. People who work on screens need contact with others and want to have a coffee break. Others who spend a lot of time in meetings want to withdraw and reflect during their break. People who do their work sitting down may want to get some exercise. Getting away from the office routine, getting away from the workplace, walking around the block to get some fresh air helps people to reduce stress, establish recovery times and maintain satisfaction and ultimately health. However, this can only succeed if there are also spaces that invite people to actively use these breaks.
We are looking for places for regeneration, reflection or simply spaces and situations that are completely different from everyday life. Spaces that cater to special needs have become established in the working environment. Think of meeting islands, telephone niches and coffee corners. Outside of our workspaces, however, we only know of a few spaces that cater to individual needs and can do more than a bench. But we also have needs outside that require special attention. Reading in the shade, making phone calls in peace, chatting with friends, hanging out after work, meditating in seclusion, talking to someone, relaxing. If we take these needs seriously, we derive specific requirements for our environment from them. We want to protect ourselves from too much sun and wind, we need protection from the rain, we want to be able to sit and lie down and relax, talk undisturbed, sit around a table in company, listen to the sound of a fountain or hear the buzzing of insects.
Tasks could be a pavilion with a coffee machine and seating, a food shelf with a snack table or a hammock with a sun canopy. It could be a landscaped space with a windbreak wall and loungers, a retreat room with a meditation niche, a drinks machine with a counter, a chatting corner with a green oasis or a gym with a yoga mat, to name just a few ideas.
The break room is a hub of public life and a public space that serves as a meeting place. Several functions are to be incorporated. The urban meeting zone creates a link between the different functions, it is a place to stay and relax, which also accommodates areas for services.

Teaching methods

Tarp _ The Airport City Research Project was launched in 2018 to investigate and further develop the Airport City Vienna location. Based on a spatial site and inventory analysis as well as research into selected examples, you will develop a comprehensive concept for a selected public space that will become an attractive break area through spatial and landscape interventions.
As part of a team, you will develop planning principles and spatial analyses in order to record the existing situation and prepare basic principles. Performative, spatial and architectural interventions on the grounds of Airport City will promote discussion on site. Retrospectively, the experiences and effects of the interventions on the space will be incorporated into the projects and documented.
Individually define an innovative and needs-based spatial program that is derived from the spatial situation on site and a scenario to be defined.
The aim is a room program that facilitates communication and communal exchange as well as individual retreat and the design of free time. These can be, for example, islands of tranquillity, exercise areas, places for sport, temporary spaces for special gatherings or simply appealing, contemplative places.
You develop a selected room area down to the last detail in terms of design, materials and atmosphere. We pay particular attention to the quality of the space, details of the design, the use of materials and the targeted use of daylight and artificial light. The design work is divided into sections and runs through several scales.
The project is developed on the basis of physical models.
The design is an integrative project for bachelor and master students with special focuses in the areas of scenario, structure and landscape.

Based on the analysis of the existing situation, you will develop a scenario for different users of the public space and plan strategies to understand the public space as a living space and place of leisure.
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.

To consolidate the content of the course, the following courses are carried out as part of the design
Exercises in the Spatial Laboratory LV253.G73 4ects.
and Excursions LV 253.365 2ects.
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.

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

Besprechungen jeweils Dienstag und Donnerstag auf der TU Wien oder auf Zoom.
Do.7.3.2024                   10.00h              Vorstellung                
Do. 11.4.2024,                9:30h                Konzeptpräsentation     
Do. 16.5.2024,                9:30-18.00h        Entwurfspräsentation    
Do. 27.6.2024,                9:30h                Abgabepräsentation     
Do. 27.6.2024                18:30h              Ausstellung Airport. City.  Festivalzeitraum: 17. Mai – 14. Juli 2024

Kottbauer, Anton; Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., FOB Raumgestaltung
Müller, Vanessa Joan; Univ.Lektorin Dr.in, Kunsthistorikerin und Ausstellungskuratorin
Trolf, Norbert; Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., FOB Landschaftsarchitektur und Landschaftsplanung
Boris Salak; Univ.Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn., FOB Landschaftsarchitektur und Landschaftsplanung
Tavoussi, Kamyar; Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., FOB Tragwerksplanung
Pichler, Günter; Senior Scientist Arch. Dipl.-Ing., FOB Raumgestaltung
Fragen an: anton.kottbauer@tuwien.ac.at
Begleitende Lehrveranstaltungen:
253.365 Exkursion Raumgestaltung, 2ects
253.E82 Exkursion Kunst:Raum, 2 ects
253.G73 Übungen im Raumlabor, 4 ects
Empfohlene Lehrveranstaltungen:
253.364 Modul Kunst.Raum, 15ects
253.364 Modul Raumgestaltung, 15ects
Eine Anmeldung mit Portfolio ist erwünscht.
Vorausgesetzte Lehrveranstaltung
253.G65 Raumgestaltung



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 14:0007.03.2024Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Introduction Event
Tue09:00 - 17:0012.03.2024 - 25.06.2024Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu09:00 - 17:0014.03.2024 - 20.06.2024Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu09:00 - 17:0011.04.2024Raumlabor Concept Crit
Thu09:00 - 18:0027.06.2024 Sitzungszimmer ADEG, ADEnd Crit
Design Studio Airport City Vienna. Rauminterventionen II. Pausenräume - Single appointments
Thu07.03.202410:00 - 14:00Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Introduction Event
Tue12.03.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu14.03.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue19.03.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu21.03.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue09.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu11.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu11.04.202409:00 - 17:00Raumlabor Concept Crit
Tue16.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu18.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue23.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu25.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue30.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu02.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue07.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue14.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Thu16.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Mid-term Crit
Thu23.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue28.05.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion
Tue04.06.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 03 - 1 Design Discussion

Examination modalities

Immanent examination. Sub-tasks are documented in stages on the RG_Share platform. The submission of the design is planned as an analog presentation. A comprehensive presentation of the project in plans, models and documentation of the project in analog and digital form in the RG-Share, participation in publications and exhibitions is expected.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Thu - 27.06.2024assessedno application-Endabgabe


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master (10 ECTS / 15 ECTS)16.02.2024 09:0019.02.2024 12:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


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