Based on global warming, decline of existing energy resources, exponential population growth, increasing geopolitical instabilities which are the result of uncertainty of the future energy supply, together with the fact that buildings represent about 40% of total energy consumption worldwide leads to a conclusion that a good architecture is not possible without a good energy concept.


    The buildings represent the bigger part of one of the biggest problem of our society - fair distribution of available resources. Therefore architecture can be a big part of the solution. Never before in the history of our civilization architecture had such a chance to gain one of the central roles in the society. Good architecture is always representing the expression of the cultural values, priorities and hopes of a society. Now it can produce a physical response for the existential challenges.


    A sustainable development by definition cannot get along with the decay in architectural quality of our built environment. A building with low architectural quality and good energy concept is not an actual benefit for a sustainable future. The objective of research and teaching at the Institute is the maximization of energy performance of buildings and cities, and the development of architectural and urban projects through form and structure optimization toward energy efficiency.

  • TEAM

    Head of the Institute

    Brian Cody



    consultation-hour - wednesday 11:00 - 12:00


    Project Assistant/Lector

    Sebastian Sautter



    Martin Schneebacher


    Student assistant


    Office hours

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:00



    Aleksandar Tepavcevic

    consultation-hour - friday 11:00 - 12:00



    Alexandru Dan


    Student assistant



    Christiane Wermke



    Minoru Suzkuki


    Student assistant



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LV 159.560 - Bachelor

Workshop 3



In this year's workshop 3, we turn the classic design process around: instead of going from big scale to small scale, we go from small to big. Following the ideas of the Japanese architectural movement of “Metabolism”, we understand the building as a versatile organism composed of individual cells. The hotel is an ideal building typology to apply this approach: The hotel room is the basic "cell" that determines both the architecture and the energy balance of the entire building. In the design process, we will first concentrate on this basic element and optimize it spatially and energetically. Based on this optimized basic element, we will then build the hotel as a whole structure.


The simple geometry of a hotel room allows us to create and test prototypes with comparatively little effort in a dynamic simulation environment and to optimize them for maximum thermal comfort and minimal energy consumption. Doing this, we will focus on the iterative design process and not on the final product. The façade, as an interface between indoor and outdoor climate, occupies a special position in this process and will be intensively worked on accordingly.


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