IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna


IoA Midreviews

Midreviews @ Studio Hani Rashid

Wednesday, November 16, 10.30 am
Guests: Karolin Schmidbaur, Kristina Schinegger,
Stefan Rutzinger and Harald Katzmair

Midreviews @ Studio Greg Lynn

Friday, December 9, 10 am

Midreviews @ Studio Kazuyo Sejima

Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10


IoA Sliver Lecture Peter Testa, Dec. 1

IoA Sliver Lecture Peter Testa, Dec. 1

"Architecture & Technology"

Peter Testa is principal of Testa & Weiser, a Los Angeles based architecture practice that invents, designs, and prototypes breakthrough architec­ ture, products, and systems for a diverse client roster that includes some of the world’s most inno vative companies. His work is exhibited at leading museums worldwide including recent shows in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing. His work is part of the permanent col­ lection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA. Since 2004 Testa has been a member of the graduate and post­professional design faculty at SCI­Arc. Previously he was associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University GSAPP. Testa holds an S.M.Arch.S. (History/Theory) from MIT and is a Registered Architect in California. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the MIT Innovation Award and the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book "Robot House" will be published in 2017.


Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

The Making of - Lecture Series

This is a new lecture series that delves into the planning and construction processes of outstanding architecture and looks at the topic from a technical point of view. It provides a forum for experts who are – often little-noticed by the architecture discourse – working behind the scenes but play a key role for the implementation of innovative architecture.

While the making of cinema blockbusters is well established as a film genre of its own, one hardly learns anything about the genesis of great buildings. Usually in lectures about architecture only the beginning and the end of the design and construction processes are presented: the key design ideas and the completed, impeccably photographed building. In the lecture series The Making of special attention is being paid to the intermediate process. It addresses the challenges of architecture production, trials and errors, research and technical progress.

The Making of
Louvre Abu Dhabi,
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
November 10th, 2016, 6:30pm, Seminarraum 3
Main building, top floor, Stubenring 3, 1010 Wien

Despite its seemingly simple geometry the vast dome of the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is a very complex structure. It consists of a steel space frame which rests on only four supports and thus creates the impression of hovering weightlessly above some irregularly arranged white cubes. A multilayer cladding of aluminium bands masks the dome’s steel structure and modulates the light and temperature conditions of the space underneath. Jean Nouvel’s purpose was to create a ‘rain of light’ as he called it, reminiscent of Mashrabiya and the specific atmosphere of Arabian souks. Büro Happold developed the structural concept of the steel space frame, the Austrian steel construction firm Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG was commissioned with the calculation and construction of the steel dome.

Goswin Rothenthal, an architect, façade engineer and software developer at Waagner-Biro will talk about his contribution to the project. After having worked on extraordinary architecture at Zaha Hadid for six years he wanted to know how a specialist contractor actually deals with complex projects, so he joined Waagner-Biro Stahlbau. His objective was to turn the architectural idea into a feasible structure while staying true to the design intent. For the cladding of the dome more than 450,000 individual cutting and drilling patterns of custom aluminum extrusions had to be described and automated. He organized an integrated work flow in a single parametric model, from the main geometry to the manufacturing data, coordination and logistics on site.
Introduction by Dr. Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts


Interstudio Review, Dec. 12, 2pm

Interstudio Review, Dec. 12, 2pm

Join us for the Interstudio Reviews of Studio Sejima, Studio Lynn
and Studio Rashid
With guest critic: Prof. Christian Kühn (Technical University Vienna)


Lecture Johannes Mücke, Nov. 8, 2pm

Lecture Johannes Mücke, Nov. 8, 2pm


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