BA Design Course

Alpine Catalysts

E1 Bachelor Design Course

The E1 design studio is dedicated to capturing the social and environmental complexity of
Kühtai, an Austrian ski resort in the Tyrolean Alps. In this region, we encounter multiple
challenges, including seasonal tourism, climate change, appropriation of the landscape, and
the far-reaching impacts of large-scale construction sites resulting from the production of
green electricity. The basic intention of this design studio is to outline possible interventions
and metamorphoses for Kühtai. This is possible by creating an atlas of alpine catalysts,
which form the basis for generating volumetric architectural concepts based on synthetic
point clouds. Their tectonisation attempts to seamlessly merge with the natural environment
and the village, revitalising and activating it culturally, environmentally, and socially
throughout the seasons.