253.364 Module Spatial Design
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, 8.5h, 10.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 8.5
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse basic factors of spatial design and to combine them into a synthetic spatial design in the form of simple partial exercises. Cross-scale spatial sequences from urban space to small-scale space and their architectural structure are examined. Students can work through the spatial design from the construction to the material-specific detail. They will understand how to relate the relationship between exterior and interior space and between spaces of different public and private spheres and how to apply this knowledge in the exercise.

Short introduction: https://tube1.it.tuwien.ac.at/w/exZD93LFDQFPukSQzJ1icZ

Subject of course

Introduction, 5th October, 2022, 9.00am HS7 TUWien 

All lectures and meeting will take place at TU Wien. Presentations on Zoom

The lecture and exercise series begins with the subject of space, perception and sensation in the urban context. This is followed by the examination of intermediate spaces and threshold areas, spatial atmosphere and perception, spatial boundaries and spatial openings, space and movement. The aim is to systematise spatial features and to compile a repertoire of design elements of space.

Materials will be presented in terms of their form-giving factors and design possibilities as well as their material aesthetics. Material properties and qualities will be worked out and compared and their use examined.

Daylight and artificial lighting designs will be presented and examined on the basis of the essential points with regard to lighting, sunlight protection and glare, illuminants, colour rendering, service life and energy efficiency. Key factors and basic technical lighting parameters and planning parameters will be presented on the basis of applications in the fields of retailing, presentation, museum, office, square and facade design.

Polytopes and spatial stagings of light, colour, form, material and sound will be analysed, broken down into their design parameters and isolated and considered separately as individual factors. The experience and perception of space is discussed on the basis of selected spatial and artistic examples and related to architectural applications. Space and the staging of space will be presented using selected examples.

Theoretical content will be made practically experienceable and exercised in the form of selected examples of analysis and exercises, and will be applied, presented and introduced by means of small examples.

Visiting tours, lectures, excursions, company visits and guest lectures supplement the teaching content.

In the course of the interdisciplinary module-exercise topic, a design will be developed or architectural interventions will be tested in existing spatial situations. The aim is to implement the design or parts of it as a mock-up – if feasible on site or in the spatial laboratory – on a scale of 1:1.  

Teaching methods

Teaching content will be presented in the lectures and discussed with the help of illustrative examples and applied practically in the exercises.

Mode of examination


Additional information


Core Subjects (10 ECTS)

253.351 VU Space and Shape

253.353 VU Polytopes

253.354 VU Experiencing Material

253.355 VO Seeing Light

253.356 VO Spatial Strategies

Optional Subjects (5 ECTS)

253.360 UE Spatial Experiments

253.361 UE Seeing Light

253.362 UE Spatial Strategies

Excursions (2 ECTS)

253.365 Spatial Design Excursion



Course dates

Wed09:00 - 12:0005.10.2022 - 25.01.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed09:00 - 19:0005.10.2022 - 11.01.2023Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed18:00 - 21:0012.10.2022 - 25.01.2023HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
09:00 - 19:0021.11.2022 - 25.11.2022Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung 1:1
Wed09:00 - 19:0018.01.2023 - 25.01.2023Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed09:00 - 19:0018.01.2023 - 25.01.2023Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 1 Modul Raumgestaltung
01:00 - 23:0024.01.2023 - 26.01.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 1 Modul Abgabe
Tue16:00 - 23:0024.01.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 Modul Abgabe
Wed01:00 - 23:0025.01.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 Modul Abgabe
Wed14:00 - 18:0025.01.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Presentation
Thu01:00 - 09:0026.01.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 Modul Abgabe
Module Spatial Design - Single appointments
Wed05.10.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed05.10.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed12.10.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed12.10.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed12.10.202218:00 - 21:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
Wed19.10.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed19.10.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed19.10.202218:00 - 21:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
Wed09.11.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed09.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed09.11.202218:00 - 21:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
Wed16.11.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed16.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung
Wed16.11.202218:00 - 21:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
Mon21.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung 1:1
Tue22.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung 1:1
Wed23.11.202209:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Module Spatial Design
Wed23.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung 1:1
Wed23.11.202218:00 - 21:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Guest lecture Raumgestaltung
Thu24.11.202209:00 - 19:00Raumlabor Modul Raumgestaltung 1:1
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Continuous assessment


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Theoriemodule Master12.09.2022 09:0022.09.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Prior knowledge of the architectural parameters LIGHT and MATERIAL.
Prior knowledge of academic working methods.

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses



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