»Spatial Poetry - A Phenomenological Approach«

A hands-on workshop to discover the possibilites of architectural space in its most fundamental and archaic way.

In this hands-on course you will investigate and experiment with architectural space in its most archaic form. By weaving shapes, relations, proportions, and light, architecture can elevate new spatial experiences and phenomena, which is the theoretic bedrock this course is built upon. In this context working with physical models has still proved to be one of the most fundamental methods to produce, assess and refine space – especially in our increasingly digitalized world. This course is a testing field for experimenting with space and the methods to evaluate it.

Spatial Narratives – From Text to Space
As a trigger we will use text passages from canonical German novels and their hints and insinuations of spatial poetry within. We will interpret them, and carve out their inscribed spatial narratives and subtexts and transform them into models. The texts will therefore serve as vehicles, which allow us to translate textual atmospheres and phenomena into architectural space. Moreover, this process will further strengthen and train your ability for abstraction, interpretation and reinterpretation. The language in the texts is seen as a generator that triggers the spatial experiments and phenomenological tests throughout the course.

Go Big - Models and Drawings
By intensively using large scale models (styrofoam) and over-sized charcoal drawings, the course seeks to familiarize the participants with the capacity to meaningfully evaluate the models and carve out the relevance of shapes, relations, proportions and light. On the basis of the models and charcoal drawings, you will learn to both experiment with spatial ideas and meaningfully use the architectural model in this process.

The course features an array of thematically aligned lectures, such as technical inputs on building models, as well as theoretical lectures on phenomenological approaches in architecture with examples and case studies. As the final event the group will organize an exhibition with all the models and drawings produced throughout the course

The course language is English

Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.


The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

Mag.arch. Lukas Staudinger MA, www.f-a-b-r-i-c.net 

  • 1982: born in Austria
  • 2000-2001: University Vienna, art history
  • 2001-2007: Magister architecturae (Mag. arch.) in Architecture,
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and University of the Arts, Berlin
  • 2010-2011: Goldsmiths University London, Master in ‚World Cities and Urban Life’
  • 2006-11: project architect at architecture offices in Vienna and realization of several own projects
    2009: launch of FABRIC – Architecture Urbanism Research
  • Since 2011: Assistant professor at BTU Cottbus, Chair of Design, Building Science and Spatial Organization, and seminar conductor in the MA program World Heritage Studies at BTU.
  • Lives and works in Berlin

Dipl.-Ing. Mathias Klöpfel, Architekt, www.kloepfelkoenig.de

  • 1977: born in Berlin
  • 1998-2004: architectual studies at Bauhaus University Weimar and Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  • until 2008 worked at Adolf Krischanitz, Vienna and Edouard Francois, Paris
  • 2009-2012 assistant professor at Bauhaus-University Weimar, chair of design and building types
  • since 2012 assistant professor at BTU-Cottbus, chair od design and building since
  • since 2009 own office with Jakob Koenig
  • lives and works in Berlin

Guest lecturer: Bodo Rott, Artist, www.bodorott.de

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS) if they present a detailed design proposal and a concept paper at the end of the course.

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

This course addresses students from fields such as architecture, design and arts. However, it also welcomes everyone who is interested in the discourse on architectural space and who seeks to experimentally gain further understanding of space.


Passion for designing space, drawing, model building and a general interest and enthusiasm in fine arts and literature.

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: Please describe two of your artistic works
  • Representation of your favourite space: as a drawing, montage, collage etc. in an A4 format
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 6 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Spatial Poetry«
  • Name of pdf file »Spatial_Poetry_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 15 May 2017 via e-mail and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.