253.353 Polytope
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, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse spatial stagings in which spaces of light, colour, form, material and sound overlap, to break them down into their design parameters, to isolate them as individual factors and to view them separately. Using the example of room stagings and installations, students learn to gauge different positions and to grasp the elements of space. Sensual experiences are examined with regard to their methods and analysed with regard to their overlayering. The interaction of spatial forms, proportions and dimensions, light experiences, material surfaces, chromatic appearances and acoustic perceptions are understood as an architectural experience and are named, applied, represented and presented as part of a short exercise topic.

Subject of course

Introduction to polytopes, perception and spatial experience, semiotics, visual, acoustic and haptic spaces, examples of staged spaces.
Transitions, horizon, spatial forms, spatial images, exterior and interior, transparency, dissolution of space, animation spaces. Basics of colour design, pigments and colorants, colour wheel, colour symbolism and colour theory, eye, subtractive and additive colour mixing. Colour in space, colour perspective, colour effect, synaesthesia. Light in space, light positions in space, effect of daylight and artificial light, phenomena of artificial light, atmospheric light. Space exhibitions, from “endless space” to “absolute space”, examples of applied space concepts by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Friedrich Kiesler and others.

Teaching methods

Lecture and discussion based on case studies, analysis of selected examples and application of the content based on short exercises of the module topic.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Introduction, 4th October, 2023, 9.00am HS7 TU Wien


Meeting-ID: 317 982 2990



Examination modalities

Design Project shawn in drawings and models

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
12.09.2022 09:00 22.09.2022 23:59 22.09.2022 23:59

Registration modalities

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Application is currently locked manually.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


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