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Laboratory for Integrative Architecture 


Design studio, Summer 2018


The design studio is addressed to highly motivated students with high skills in drawing, modeling and other media, who understand designing as a research process in which new solutions will be explored. We are not searching for ready-mades, but for innovation. Erasmus students are explicitly welcome.

Task 0

If you are interested in our design studio you need to participate in our task 0. The handout will be on Wednesday, October 11th at 10 h in our open studio in room A814. All further information and instructions will be given there.


Berlin is growing, it ought to be built and densified. However, things are slow. Among others, there is a lack of building sites. So far residual “islands”, enclosed by the infrastructural networks, have hardly been taken into account. They challenge architecture and urbanism: visual isolation (prospects of backsides and underparts), high noise levels, exhaust emissions, occasional poor accessibility, etc. Our research and design studio is dedicated to the utilisation of such a concrete island (Ballard) between Avus, ICC and Halensee, surrounded by motorways and railway lines. The objective is to develop spatial and programmatic strategies for the use of remnant areas within the urban infrastructural network. Point of departure for our typological research are mat-buildings – low-rise carpet like complexes. Secluded towards the outside, self-contained in its usage, the challenge of the project is the creation of an artificial oasis.

Berlin wächst, es soll gebaut und nachverdichtet werden. Der Prozess gestaltet sich jedoch schleppend. Es fehlt unter anderem an Grundstücken. Von Infrastrukturen umschlossene „Inseln“ wurden hierbei bisher kaum berücksichtigt. Sie stellen hohe Anforderungen an Architektur und Städtebau: visuelle Isolation (Ausblicke auf Rück- und Unterseiten), hohe Lärmpegel, Abgas-Emissionen, mitunter schlechte Erreichbarkeit, usw. Der Nutzung einer solchen Betoninsel (Ballard) zwischen Avus, ICC und Halensee, eingeschlossen von Autobahnen und Bahnstrecken, widmet sich unser Forschungs- und Entwurfsstudio. Ziel ist die Entwicklung von räumlichen und programmatischen Strategien zur Nutzung von Restflächen im städtischen Erschließungsnetz. Typologischer Ausgangspunkt für eine Bespielung sind mat-buildings – niedrige flächendeckende Gebäudekomplexe. Nach außen abgegrenzt, in der Nutzung nach innen orientiert, liegt die Herausforderung des Entwurfs in der Schaffung einer künstlichen Oase.

Develop a mat-building with hybrid use for an infrastructural site in West-Berlin, situated between Avus, ICC and Halensee. The entire parcel is to be covered by a single building complex. One of the challenges of the project is to develop a circulation and a skilful perforation of the horizontal building mass, another to design spaces and employ technologies, which compensate disadvantages of the location. Scenarios of program are drive-by cluster and independent communities

Für ein infrastrukturell geprägtes Grundstück im Westen Berlins zwischen Avus ICC und Halensee gelegen soll ein mat-building mit hybrider Nutzung entwickelt werden. Das gesamte Grundstück soll flächendeckend mit einem Gebäudekomplex beplant werden. Eine gestalterische Herausforderung liegt in der Erschließung und Perforation der Gebäudemasse, eine weitere im Entwurf von Räumen und der Integration von Technologien, welche die nachteilige Lage kompensieren. Szenarien der Bespielung sind drive-by cluster und autarke communities:


Design Studio
Master: Arch M E. 02 Entwurfsprojekt Hochbau II (EP 12ECTS/8SWS)
Master: M-Arch-T P(15) Design Studio 1 (iV 12ECTS/8SWS)

Master: Arch M E. 02 Projektintegrierte Veranstaltung zum Hochbau II (PiV 3ECTS/2SWS)
Master: M-Arch-T P(15) Design Studio 1 (iV 3ECTS/2SWS)

Konstruktive Vertiefung
Master: Arch M E. 06 Konstruktive Vertiefung (iV 9ECTS/6SWS)

Palm Bay Seafront Hotel and Convention Centre in Agadir, OMA (Project)

General Dates
Studio presentation Master: April 09, 11:50 h, room A151
Hand-out Task 0: April 10, 14.00-15:00h, room A814
Hand-in Task 0: April 12, submission via email to
Presentation Task 0: April 13, 10-12 h, room A814
Information on acceptance/rejection of applications: April 18, by email

First meeting: Thursday, April 19, 10-14 h, room A814 (obligatory)

Please check timetable for latest updates.

The design studio and research seminar are fully integrated into a one semester course. It is divided into six phases: After an initial two-week experimental workshop, you will make a site analysis and develop different design scenarios. One of them will be selected and developed further in the scale of 1:500 with zooms in 1:200 until the mid-term presentation. This concept will be further elaborated into a design proposal in the scale of 1:200 with zooms in 1:50 and 1:20 until the final presentation. The studio will conclude with the production of a final documentation. The studio tasks will be elaborated in groups of 3-4 students.

Cooperation / PiV
PiV and iV - project integrated formats - focus on structural systems. They will be carried out in the format of integrated workshops with TEK - FG Rückert. Architects and experts from other fields will join regularily for input lectures and disussions.

Weekly desk crits in the studio, three pin-ups and two presentations with external guest critics will accompany the process.

There will be various excursions to visit the sites and other interesting reference projects in Berlin.

Team Philosophy
We consider all members of the design studio together with us at LIA as one large research team working on Grand Berlin. We therefore regard collaboration, communication and sharing of knowledge inbetween the student groups as essential for the success of the project.

Studio A814
An essential precondition for good results is collaborative work in our studio space (room A 814). Working side by side will allow you to employ creative synergies, develop team spirit and effective communication. Please obtain a key for the studio and the lockers from our secretary.


Martin Murrenhoff
wiss. Mitarbeiter

Sabine Hansmann
wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Katrin Ritter,
Sekretariat A 20, Raum 911.
Mittwoch bis Freitag: 11.00-13.00