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UCT 06 carte blanche :: some outcomes

this carte blanche project in the second semesters architectural design studio of 2017 at soapg/uct did not only produce highly amazing & jawdroppifying submissions but even went beyond that:
two teams submitted their work as abstracts at the 10th International interdisciplinary research conference on architecture/built environments at the university of moratuwa in colombo/sri lanka headlined: design that cares – inter disciplinary approach to making built environments efficient and meaningful – both got accepted.
nicky duncan, teegan isola, julia masureik and naa-ilah brown, sharon ho, humairaa wahid then translated their work into full research papers – only to get both accepted.

is the sky the limit? we were asking us, could we somewaysomehow get our superheroines to sri lanka? – and we managed to get funding for both teams to go to present their work at this conference. and off they went

[model of »bringing water to new heights« by: nicky duncan, teegan isola, julia masureik; photo: js]

absolutely magic moments
the world wide open, all ours, the sky reaching out and the sun smiling back at us

part of that happyness just was covered by the
university of cape town news to be checked-out here


UCT 08 overloo k

overloo k

[design/drawing: mxolisi sibusiso moyo]

constructing space
largely neglected, maudit, home of acquired disgust, stigmatized olfactoric rollercoaster, bluebottles, dim, agony, accoustic embarassements, filth, slippery at times. let’s go for that: let’s unbigottedly construct overloo ks, spaces to let some three of our musculii sphincterii dignifiedly relax in an environment of splendid constructive detail and elaborate requirement-profileresponsive materiality.

chapman’s nek, wc/za
[photos: js]

two toilets one sink
life span: 10 a

didactic approach
questioning the (ab)use of scarce drinking water to turn potent natural fertilizer into sewage. questioning habituated un-ergonomic positions and situations. questioning instilled demands for privacy and unlearned desires for visual control. questioning the permanence of architecture.
non-generic buidling typology/location/requirement-profile to demand for superspecific responsive design-development instead of antetype-klones/derrivates
individual design, development with teamwork-based analytical foreplay + a site-expedition.

some selected approaches
a representative compilation trying to capture some of the wide scope of 87 great contributions. unfortunately not all concepts could be included in this li’l documentation [3,7 mb]

an integrated 1st year architecture studio + tech project
q4 s2 y1 2017 uct ebe soapg jan schabert


UCT 07 stairway outta/ova hell

a little canyon on chapman’s nek was to be crossed, some level difference made a stair necessary…

a one day exercise with first year students of architecture at the school of architecture, planning and geomatics at kwiYunivesithi yaseKapa / university of cape town



UCT 06 carte blanche

experimental  six-week studio project with 85 first semester students of architecture inspired by cedric prize’s task force strategy [diploma school aa, 1982] to follow-up on some of the lekgotla’s [uct, 2016] demands.

after a more prescriptive very 1st quarter of studio design the second quarter was about un-choreographed/-directed concept development in full supportive integration with the technology course

week -05
participants to publicly state their intrests on a unitag to be posted on the universe

week -04
participants to start creating teams based on pinboard-position

week -01
contracts are signed from both sides

week 00
off we go…

+ + + + + + + + +

the brief

01 carteblanche
permission to do something in any* way you choose to do it. *ok, almost any.
02 carteblanche
we‘re on the road to nowhere/come on inside
[road to nowhere, talking heads/david byrne] 03 carteblanche
so burn all your bridges/leave your whole life behind
you can do what you want to do/‘cause your strong in your mind
[home is where you’re happy, charles manson] 04 carteblanche
freedom of choice/is what you got
freedom from choice/is what you want
[freedom of choice, devo/mark mothersbaugh, david casale] 05 carteblanche
integrated studio & tech q2 project with contracted selfdefined and -developed subjects and outcomes.
06 intent
to decolonise what we are taught and the way we are taught. (…) [lekgotla] 07 intent
allow for a broad diversity of personal spatial projects and inputs to provoke involvement, request questions and exchange and discuss diverse social/cultural/technical knowledge.
08 content
bold and radical social, ecological non-anthropocentric spatial utopian concepts are as strongly encouraged as perverted dystopiae. all their brave construction attempts & sexy but risky material inventions are warmly welcomed to fail with grace.
09 method
the spoon stays in the canteen, that vampiristic straw becomes tool of the quarter: staff is available at all designated studio & tech timeslots to provide feeds requested by you.
10 teams
teams of two, three or four students.

it goes without saying, that mirrored team-ups are approvable as well. fullboardteams on special request.
11 contract
produce a contract of the proposed subject, its scale of operation, expected outcomes, motivation and intention as well as its teammembers and presentation format. discuss draft(s) of contract with selected staff. submit signed contract before deadline.
12 outcomes
all subject to discussion except for a non-negotiable documentation of not less than 2 (two) doublepages. layout according to .indd template.
13 assessment
based on the contracted proposed targets in the disciplines studio and technology.
14 forward, forward!
instantaneous response to a particular problem is too slow. architecture must concern itself continually with the socially beneficial distortion of the environment.
like medicine it must move from the curative to the preventive. architecture should have little to do with problem solving – rather it should create desirable conditions and opportunities hitherto thought impossible.
[cedric price, the square book, academy press 2003]

+ + + + + + + + + + + +

stay tuned for the superamazing results… coming soon


UCT 05 pinboards

the second of uwe kiessler’s seven-points-talk titled integrated building and held at the intelligent building symposium at tu karlsruhe back in 1991 was
die wand wird dynamisch [the wall gets dynamic]: Sein Äußeres verändert der Mensch ständig, je nach Tätigkeit, Mode oder besonderen Anlässen. …

i made one&ahalf walls at our uct’s 1st year studio become dynamic, made the wall inviting to do something with it, an analogue snitchbook or facechat, where you post your stuff and see how others are doing.

16 softwoodfibreboards 841x2100mm to be randomly shared by six students,

a raffle giving you a coordinate, giving you neighbours, giving you a position, a team, a place to start from.

don’t be shy!


HoRo stille örtchen

Das ehemalige Brausebad, vom Architekten und Stadtbaumeister Dr.-Ing. E.h. Hans Grässel im Jahre 1894 geplant, war nach Kriegsbeschädigungen seit den 1950er Jahren zu öffentlicher Bedürfnisanstalt und Dienstraum für die Verkehrsbetriebe umgebaut ein vielgenutzer öffentlicher Ort.

Das Gebäude steht aktuell leer, zukünftig soll zur Toilettennutzung eine gatronomische Nutzung dazukommen. Aufgabe war es diese beiden Nutzungen zu vereinen und vereinbaren.

stille örtchen – öffentlich
Soziale Infrastruktur für öffentliche Räume – hybride spaces

Öffentliche Toiletten sind als Bausteine der sozialen Infrastruktur aus dem Gefüge unseres öffentlichen Raumes nicht wegzudenken. Gleichzeitig sind die stillen Örtchen oft vernachlässigt oder gar geschlossen, manchmal kostenpflichtige Premium Aborte.
Die Potentiale dieser sozialen Infrastruktur zu aktivieren ist Ziel dieses Seminares. Wir werden an einem konkreten Beispiele in München, dem ehemaligen Brausebad bzw. Bedürfnisanstalt am Bavariaring 5, das aktuell leersteht, ein Konzept für eine Verbesserung der aktuellen Situation entwickeln und darstellen. Wie können poetische Raumqualitäten trotz komplexer technischer und funktionaler Aspekte, die auf engstem Raum abgewickelt werden, enstehen.
Wie kann man folgenden Aspekten gerecht werden:
Gestaltung – Funktionaltät – Zugänglichkeit – universal design – Innenraum – öffentlicher Raum – Strapazierfähigkeit – Sicherheit – Betreiberkonzepte – Multifunktionale Nutzung……

demnächst mehr… stay tuned!

hochschule rosenheim, fakultät innenarchitektur
, wahlpflichtfach 2016/17


weiterführend: café achteck die geschichte öffentlicher bedürfnisanstalten in deutschen städten (michael hollenbach in »merkmal«, 13.08.2004, deutschlandradio berlin)

[schnitt 1894: muenchenwiki; schnitt 1952: bauakt; photo: mg]


UCT 04 communal cuboid concept clips

the communal cuboids were to be kicked off by means of a li’l movie explaining the concept of things to come.
here are four of them:

bleu ciel
[stephanie kirsten, leah michaels, cornelus van der nest, sisonke mgwebi, alexandra le sueur]brun rouge
[mpho sephelane, rutendo chemere, tarryn allies, mbali cobotwana, jessica huang]terre d‘ombre naturelle foncée
[tuwilika shaimemanya, lilianne kiame,patricia bandora,lerato honde, leni li]brique clair
[raadiyah jacobs, michael liebrich, luba nkiwane, treasa mcmillan, freda esterhuyse]


UCT 04 communal cuboid


when i am by myself it’s the best way to be [circle, edie brickell; cover by j mascis]

our house it has a crowd / there’s always something happening / and it’s usually quite loud [our house, madness] together and/or alone?

our current economic model makes mass ownership impossible in the long run – sharing can be a luxury, not a compromise – when we combine our resources, the result is more than the sum of the parts. (…) functionalist space is designed around ergonomically optimised actions that determine precise social relations. when cultural norms change, these spaces can quickly become impractical or redundant. [excerpts from: HOME ECONOMICS, british pavillon, venice architecture biennale, curated by shumi bose, jack self, finn williams, 2016]

a cuboid, of 27.60 meters width, 5 meters depth, that rises 21.50 meters above, and 5 meters into the ground a shared home to 15 (m)i-spaces

from this block of black solid-coloured insulative reinforced concrete you substracted/excavated six elegantly allocated, orientated, arranged and connected (primary) volumes, [in] [up] [eat] [wet] [heat] [move], allowing them to live up to their individual characters whilst even more having their com-position on their passage between public and private in mind.

you used less than 99 concrete mixer trucks (@ 7 m3)


[up] stairway to heaven (led zeppelin, 1971)
metropolis (fritz lang, 1927)
vertigo (alfred hitchcock, 1958)
psycho (alfred hitchcock, 1960

the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover (peter greenaway, 1989)
cannibal holocaust (ruggero deodato, 1980)
american diner (barry levinson, 1982)
themroc (claude faraldo, 1973)
kitchen (andy warhol, 1965)

eaux d’artifice (kenneth anger, 1953)
zero patience (john greyson, 1993)
26 bathrooms (peter greenaway, 1985)
waterworld (kevin costner, 1995)
chinatown (roman polanski, 1974)

[heat] in the first bar/folks were drinking sips/but in this bar/they could shake their hips
»i was dancing in a lesbian bar«, jonathan richman, 1992
heat (paul morrissey, 1972)
barton fink (joel & ethan coen, 1991)

crash (david cronenberg, 1996)
girl on a motorcycle (jack cardiff, 1968)
mad max (george miller, 1979, 1981, 1985, 2015)
two lane blacktop (monte hellman, 1971)
scorpio rising (kenneth anger, 1964)

download the brochure [8mb] here:


UCT 03 constructing (m)i-space


an integrated design studio&technology project for 1st year students:
the (m)i-spaces, 5 x 5 x 5m measuring cubes purposed for individual living [a project by alta steenkamp] are supported with a set of courseworks from the tech side:
_the deck
_the stair
_the façade
and in support of the consecutive follow-up communal cuboid also finding out strategies how to suspend/support/glue/attach them (m)i-spaces from their motherships, the communal cuboids:

[thanks for the incomensurable engineering contribution of kenny mudenda]

and from there into the (not alone) structural beauty of non-flat-soffits

stay tuned


UCT 01 fold


with first year students of architecture at the school of architecture, planning and geomatics at university of cape town, we aplied william mcdonough’s »how do we love all children of all species for all time?« to squirrels:
develop a ramp/chute to allow our befriended species to transfer macademias across our staircases with a 90–100% hit rate whilst also giving the nut airtime to allow the catcher to show off.


not being distracted with an overwhelming amount of published precedents in this field, we were able to unprejudicetly develop and transfer construction principles that fulfilled the requested material efficiency, recylability and flexibility as well as the desired effect of the macademia’s airtime. the constructive task was, in teams of 3-4 students, trifoldedly approached:
_lightweight material,
_lightweight structures and
_lightweight systems


feel free to enjoy the superfantastic outcomes of this project compiled in a lil [6.4mb] brochure here:



this project wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of

Mpact smarter, sustainable solutions

abaninzi, sibulelwe ezininzi!


HoRo atelier trouve

atelier trouvé

Raum und Kunst – inspirational modular spaces
Was war die Factory für Andy Warhol? Produktionsort für Kunst, Ausstellungsraum und vieles mehr. Wie wirken Räume auf unsere Kreativität zurück? Welche Räume brauchen die kreativen Menschen in Bayern?
Ein Atelierhaus im Glockenbachviertel wird mobil. Da es in München oft schwierig ist Räume für kreatives Schaffen zu finden, wollen die 35 Kunstschaffenden aus dem Münchner Atelierhaus Klenzestraße/Baumstraße ab 2016 in mobilen Modulen arbeiten, die, wie das Oktoberfest, temporär auf und abgebaut werden und an neue Orte wandern können.
In diesem Seminar werden Sie im Gespräch mit den »echten Bauherren« das Innenleben dieser neuen, mobilen Ateliers nutzerspezifisch entwickeln. Licht, Wandhöhen, Material der Oberflächen, Ausstattung, Low Budget, Rohbau=Ausbau, Selbstbau… sind Themen, die uns beschäftigen werden. Die Ergebnisse Ihrer Arbeiten werden im Rahmen der Offenen
Ateliers (OA), die Ende Juni im Atelierhaus Klenzestraße/Baumstraße stattfinden präsentiert.

hochschule rosenheim, fakultät innenarchitektur, wahlpflichtfach



[photo: hermann nitsch in seinem atelier: © manfred hovarth, wien/at]


rural germany @ kirua symposium in daejon


we are invited to give a talk on promotional strategies for rented housing/flats in rural germany [독일 농촌 임대주택사업의 추진과 전략] @ 춘계학술발표대회 및 국제심포지엄, a international spring conference and symposium in daejon, republic of korea, initiated by the korean institute of rural architecture (KIRUA)

[photos: martina günther]




CU 02 REcoventry

der warm-up für einen semesterentwurf an der CSAD welcher sich mit der umnutzung des stattlichen (840 sitze & 70mm projektion) aber arg kurzlebigen (* 24.05.1973, † 21.04.1988) innenstadtkinos »ABC« (associated british cinemas, cannon cinemas) mit erstaunlicher vorgeschichte beschäftigt (das »ABC« ist im ersatzbau für des 1971 geschlossenen und abgetragenen »Empire Theatre« untergebracht; filmprojektionen seit 1901(!))

we will inseminate the heart of coventry’s erstwhile consumer paradise with marks&topshopselfridges…’ worst nightmare: a place to re-enable former consumers to become prosumers, producing and consuming. a place to repair things or have ‘em repaired, re-assembled, re-fitted, re-invented.
[>>mehr dazu auf REcoventry]

es entstand, dieses »reduce, reuse, recycle« noch mal deutlich erweiternd, eine anzahl von stegreif-filmen zum thema repair: recoventry

the warm-up for a design-studio at CSAD dealing with the reuse of the grand (840 seats & 70mm projection) but pretty shortlived (* 24.05.1973, † 21.04.1988) downtown cinema »ABC« (associated british cinemas, cannon cinemas) with stunning history (»ABC« is situated in the replacement building of the »Empire Theatre« being knocked down in 1971 ; movie screenings since 1901(!)):
we will inseminate the heart of coventry’s erstwhile consumer paradise with marks&topshopselfridges…’ worst nightmare: a place to re-enable former consumers to become prosumers, producing and consuming. a place to repair things or have ‘em repaired, re-assembled, re-fitted, re-invented.
[>>more at REcoventry]

extending this »reduce, reuse, recycle« significantly, it emerged a number of impromptu-clips, based on the theme repair: recoventry


talk: pecha kucha @ daegu

martina günther is invited to present at pecha kucha night™ daegu

where she will talk with lim, young-hee about korean typologies.
2013/06/21 @ 19:00 hrs [1050 jisan-dong, suseong-gu, daegu, republic of korea]

[photo: lim, young-hee]

[photo: lee, do-hyun]


계대 04 se-woon-sang-ga @ BÉF 2013

»Architecture has begun to focus on abandoned buildings in the past few years worldwide. Politically undesirable structures, ruins of modern buildings with lost function due to social changes, settlements emptied by natural disasters and „skeletons” left behind by arrested developments as results of the financial crisis – same questions in different shapes: what to do with abandoned spaces, how to provide them with new function, how could they fit to the new requirements of built environment.«

we can happily & proudly announce that
sewoonsanga–utopia of a monst
세운상가 – 괴물 의상향

sewoonsanga – egy szörnyeteg utópiája
was selected for
the 5. Budapesti Építészeti Filmnapok/5th Budapest Architecture Film Days.
It will be screened [in redux version with hungarian subtitles (!)] on the 1st of march 2013 at 19:30 hrs
in Toldi mozi/Toldi Cinema.

[© photos: Kovats Daniel/BEF]

the budapest architecture film days are held by KÉK,
the hungarian contemporary architecture centre.

>> 세운상가 @ béf


talk: 국제청소년건축전

on november 23rd at 16:00 hrs [kst] martina günther will give an insight into our work at the international conference and exhibition for youth facility »communication and convergence«.

more information (in hangeul only) >>


daegu han-ok: a last [picture] show

a downtown daegu han-ok bound for demolition within a fortnight from now has its last moments of fame as location for an intimate exhibition of plans & models of –still-alive– neighbouring conspecifics: 5 urban han-oks drawn and built to scale by 20 students in the module architectural design basics at the department of architectural engineering of keimyung university, initiated and organized by martina günther.

daegu, seo-seomg-ro 14-gil / 33-7
monday 2012.10.22 – 2012.10.29

opening with presentation
monday 2012.10.22, 02.45 pm

the exhibition would not have been possible without the great support of
_kwon, sang-gu & team, jungu communitty design centre, daegu
_lim, young-hee


Das Interview führte Claudia Guter, BÜRO FÜR GESPRÄCHSKULTUR München

Interview mit der Münchner Architektin, Martina Günther, die zwei Jahre lang als Professorin an der katholischen Keimyung-Universität in Daegu, einer Millionenstadt in Südkorea, Architektur unterrichtet hat. Im Juli kehrte sie nach München zurück, immer noch gefangen von ihren Eindrücken aus dem Land, das sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten rasant zu einem selbstbewussten Tigerstaat entwickelt hat.
Wenn man hierzulande von Südkorea hört oder liest, geht es meist um den Konflikt mit dem Norden. Als Reiseland oder gar als Arbeitsort ist Südkorea bislang noch wenig entdeckt.

1.    Frau Günther, was hat sie gereizt, ausgerechnet in Südkorea eine Professorenstelle auf Zeit anzunehmen?
Um ehrlich zu sein, stand zunächst die Aussicht auf ein festes Gehalt im Vordergrund. Als freiberufliche Architektin führe ich seit 1999 ein Architekturbüro in München. Beim Bauen kann ich eigene Ideen realisieren. Daneben habe ich aber schon immer Architektur gelehrt und auch geforscht. Diese Art der Berufstätigkeit ist zwar anregend und wunderbar, hat sich aber finanziell nicht mehr getragen.
Als mein Sohn dann 2011 sein Fachabitur in der Tasche hatte, konnte ich dieses Ende der mütterlichen Betreuungsphase nutzen, um einen Lehrauftrag im Ausland anzunehmen. Es ist eher zufällig Daegu im Süden von Korea geworden.

2.    Was waren anfangs die größten Herausforderungen für Sie, um sich in Südkorea zurechtzufinden?
Herausfordernd war vor allem die Verständigung. Englisch ist in Korea nicht sehr verbreitet. Ich sprach zunächst kein Wort Koreanisch und habe mir erst im Laufe der zwei Jahre ein paar Brocken angeeignet. Wenn man die Nachbarn kennen lernen möchte oder mit dem Hausmeister verhandeln muss, merkt man erst, wie schwierig das ohne gemeinsame Sprache ist.
Auch das Uni-Leben ist anders organisiert, als ich es von Deutschland kenne. Informationen werden oft auf informellem Weg, beim Mittag- oder Abendessen oder über den Flurfunk, ausgetauscht. So wurde ich das ein oder andere Mal von Events überrascht, von denen ich schlicht nichts mitbekommen hatte. Ohne Sprache und Netzwerk ist man erst einmal ziemlich verloren.

3.    Wie fühlten Sie sich persönlich als ausländische Professorin an der Universität aufgenommen?
Mir wurden sehr viele Sympathien entgegengebracht. Die Stimmung war überaus freundlich, höflich und herzlich. Das hat die gemeinsame Arbeit angenehm gemacht und über die ersten Hürden hinweggeholfen. Viele meiner ausländischen Kolleginnen und Kollegen empfinden dies ebenso. Und viele verlängern ihre Verträge Jahr um Jahr, weil ihnen die Studierenden ans Herz gewachsen sind.

4.    Welche Architektur-Trends sind denn in Südkorea gerade aktuell?
Wenn man unter Trend so eine Art Mode versteht, dann gilt für Repräsentationsbauten hauptsächlich Westimport. Ein Beispiel ist das neue Museum für Design, Dongdaemun Design Plaza&Park in Seoul. Es wird von der britischen Star-Architektin Zaha Hadid realisiert. Aber auch Städte wie Busan und Daegu engagieren oft international tätige Star-Architekten, um herausragende oder Stadtbild prägende Gebäude zu schaffen. Diese Art von branding kennen wir in europäischen Städten. In Korea, und auch in China, ist das jetzt auch sehr angesagt.

10. Und wie wohnt die typische koreanische Familie?
Die wohnt momentan noch in einem der 20-, 30- oder auch 40-stöckigen Apartmenthochhäuser, die in Südkorea circa 60 % der Bevölkerung beherbergen. Doch immer mehr junge Leute wünschen sich, ebenso wie in Deutschland, ein Häuschen auf dem Land. Am besten mit einem für Korea eher untypischen Satteldach. Das wird in Korea gerade große Mode. Ich habe diese sehr spannende koreanische Alltagsarchitektur während meines Aufenthalts für mich entdeckt und beschäftige mich nach wie vor intensiv damit.

5.    Konnten Sie bleibende berufliche Kontakte knüpfen, oder gibt es gar schon spruchreife Zukunftsprojekte?
Ja, durchaus. Im Oktober zeige ich die Ausstellung korean typologies im Koreanischen Kulturinstitut in Berlin. Dabei geht es um koreanische Wohnhaustypen. Konzipiert habe ich die Ausstellung zusammen mit meinem Architekturpartner und Universitätskollegen aus Südkorea für das Maximiliansforum in München, wo sie im Januar diesen Jahres schon zu sehen war und auf große Resonanz stieß.
Ein Traum wäre es, eines der traditionellen koreanischen Häuser instand zu setzen. Die verfallen in den Städten nämlich zuhauf, weil sich momentan keiner für den Erhalt interessiert.

6.    Und wie realistisch ist dieser Traum?
Schau mer mal. In den zwei Jahren stieß meine fachliche Meinung bei Ausstellungen und Konferenzen auf großes Interesse. Insbesondere mein Fachwissen aus Deutschland, was Sanierung, Umbau etc. angeht, war gefragt. Schon möglich, dass es klappt. Und wenn es soweit ist, dann wird es schnell gehen: Die Koreaner planen heute und bauen morgen. Da werde ich zusehen müssen, dass ich rasch einen Flug bekomme.





the 2012 subject of EAROPH [Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements world congress] being »Green City for Human Betterment«, a handful of interdiciplinary [landscape architecture and interior/environmental design] student-teams from keimyung university supervised by prof. martina günther were participating at EAROPH’s youth leaders‘ forum.

2 of her teams were successful in the poster prize (research/project) looking for »Strategies for Carving Out Green City«:

Sunday Morning Island
Kwon Kyung-Hwa [dola 2nd yr] Park Su-Bin [dola 2nd yr] Park Hye-Jin [dola 2nd yr] Shin Hye-Jin [dola 2nd yr] Koo Tae-Hoon [ied 2md yr]

Central Park
Kang Ji-hye [dola 2nd yr] Kwon Da-jeong [dola 2nd yr] Kim Jeong-eun
 [dola 2nd yr] Jung Myeong-Ji [dola 2nd yr] Yoon, Jung-eun [dola 4th yr]

Department of Landscape Architecture [dola] Department of Interior and Environmental Design [ied]



계대 07 apa2

This design-studio module is focussing on the (re-)development of a piece of urban tissue with the objective to create a predominantly residential though poly-functional sustainable urban module.
THE korean residential typology, the »apat« will be scrutinized for its qualities and performances. The research into its defects in catering for 21st century requirements, needs and desires will result into proposals for physical, energetical, sociological and demographical adaption, with a focus on spatial qualities: the apa²!

photo: naver map

The site of this project is yong-nam-woo-bang-town 1-cha, the home of 836 appartments.
[find out more at]

area 29.745 m²
built-up area/bebaute fläche 6.402 m²
coverage ratio/GRZ 21% / 0,21
gross floor area/BGF 94.924 m²
FAR (floor area ratio)/GFZ 250% / 2,5

How could the appartment-buildings [101, 102, 103, 105] as well as their surroundings, shops, underground-parking, outdoor-space, … be transformed into a prototypical urban module that is adapted (and could further adapt) to the demographic, social, energetic, spatial, transportational, economical, … changes in the requirement-profile? In order to act ecologically and economically responsible, you are expected to keep as much of the existing structures as possible/arguable and improve the ensemble by adding & substracting, restructuring and -programming, connecting and re-connecting.

Develop strategies, how to re-connect the residents of the appat to the land around them, the currently non-communicative and anonymous space between the buildings as well as between buildings and streets.

Develop integrative and symbiotic concepts for the appartment-blocks, …

… paying special attention to the ground-floor-zone and its use, …

… the entrance situation, the transition between the outside and the inside, …

… the currently completely neglected potential of the 5th facade of the building, …

… and with strong emphasis on the improvement of spatial qualities of the residential units.

You are expected to develop a range of integrative concepts, spanning from the scale of 1:10.000 down to 1:50.

intro a: billenium

… The cubicle was slightly More than four and a half square metres in floor area, half a square metre over the statutory maximum for a single person, the carpenters having taken advantage, illegally, of a recess beside a nearby chimney breast. Consequently Ward had been able to fit a small straight-backed chair into the interval between the bed and the door, so that only one person at a time needed to sit on the bed—in most single cubicles host and guest had to sit side by side on the bed, conversing over their shoulders and changing places periodically to avoid neck-strain…
[from »Billennium« by J. G. Ballard 1962]


choi soo-jeong, kim bo-ram
lee kyu-seub, lee da-bin
lee eun-cheon, park hye/won

intro b: tilt

starting the work on the apartment buidling: what could we do in them, in case we turn’em 90° on the side:

feng ming-hyeon, koo na-hyeon
moon su-jin, yoon hae

interim: apa2

kang byeong-gon, jo seung-wook; kim eun-ah, lee da-bin

seo bo-seong, feng ming-hyeon; moon soo-jin, lee kyu-seub

koo na-hyon, kim bo-ram; choi soo-jeong, lee eun-seom

kim da-eun, yoon hae; jan schabert, anne kleinlein, kim ju-yean at the crit


 site plan

concept section

all: moon soo-jin, lee kyu-seub

concept scribble


all: koo na-hyon, kim bo-ram

apa2 was an architectural studio for and by 3rd year architecture students at the department of architecture at keimyung university daegu/korea.
the studio was held by
jan schabert prof. dipl.-ing. (univ.) architect
kim hyo-jin prof.
kim ju-yean prof.
with guest crits by
martina günther prof. dipl-ing.
anne kleinlein dipl.-ing.

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