The focus of the Institute for Spatial Design in Education and Research is the causal architectural exploration of space, its materiality and light. Space is understood as an intensity, as an immanent entity that surrounds us, which intervenes in our sensitivities and challenges us to question the ordinary and the familiar. The linking of theoretical and scientific examination with research-led teaching is a central concern. The 1:1 experimental set-up is an essential working tool.

Spatial Research

Rechbauerstra├če 12, (AT02), 8010 Graz

Spatial perception/Spatial design: Spatial perception refers to what is spanned between things - the working and the expansion of space, its atmospheric content, the relationship between subject and space, and the question of the possibilities of identification that space offers to man. Interior design, on the other hand, looks at things themselves - their texture, form and nature. It is about the space itself and the relationship between the object and the space. Questions about materiality, surface, light, color, acoustics are in the foreground.

Spatial research: Space is the primal scene of architecture. From this perspective, architecture is not what fills space, but what creates space. When working with space in the most diverse scales, there is always the question of the connection between built and lived structure. Built and lived space must be understood in correlation with each other. The focus of research on the topic of space is the direct experience and experience of spaces. Different practices of "being-in-space" are being tested and investigated. Thus, space is conceived not merely as a receptacle for different life situations, but as a network of events that are in associative relationships and proportionality to each other and whose perception takes place from an involvement in the events. These practical aspects of spatial perception are interwoven with theoretical and artistic considerations, making various tools for design processes tangible, which in turn increase the scope of design

Light Lab

Kronesgasse 5, ground floor (KREG), 8010 Graz

Light: Light and space are inseparable from each other. The relationship of space, material and light is inscribed as experience, we operate constantly with it. It is essential for spatial creators to deal with it in more detail. The light research brings together aspects of spatial perception and interior design. Light as a medium and its significance in everyday social life is the basis of our teaching and research.

Material: The relevance of sensory material properties is conveyed by means of concrete architectural materials. Different approaches to thinking about the relationship between materials and architecture, space and construction are in focus. The influence of the material on the tectonic idea is conveyed on the basis of resources, joining and surfaces.

Timber Workshop

Lessingstrasse 25, Erdgeschoss (NAEG), 8010 Graz

Object: In the wood workshop prototypes are designed and implemented in 1: 1 by hand. The step from drawing to material - from a socio-political position to architectural design - with the goal of a real-scale experience has priority here.