Building Register – Case Studies

Building Register is a research programme which examines historically significant buildings as references within the current architectural debate on housing and urbanism. The programme takes the form of a series of surveys documenting both the general characteristics of projects and selected areas of detailed study.

The buildings are explored both at the urban scale and in detail, at the level of a single room or construction assembly. This may include the internal structure of a large residential complex in relation to its urban form, or the defining presence of a material or detail in view of the effect they have on the urban context.

Significant emphasis is placed on the graphic representation of the phenomena under observation and their analysis. The art of drawing is therefore central to this study.

Each study is carried out by small groups of students to encourage the development of a strong sense of collaboration, the sharing of research and joint authorship. By reflecting the reality of professional work, the programme aims to provide an initiation and a foundation for future practice.

Projects of the Building Register are published by Studio Krucker Bates.

You can find more information about the publications of the Chair > here <.

Building Register Vol. IV

Building Register – Craft and Production

The study trip will be focused on visits to various production sites, workshops and factories to gain better insight into the production processes, the materials and the people who endeavour to transform raw material into objects of beauty and usefulness.

We will visit manufacturers who produce at different scales: From industrial ceramic production in Laufen to art production in St. Gallen. We will be introduced to different materials such as glass, aluminum, wood, ceramics and stone and familiarize ourselves with their processing, accompanied by experts so that we can understand the individual production steps from material to processing to the final product.

Part of the seminar is to gain knoweledge into the way material behave and the way of processing and maufacturing effects them. To do this, you will record the production process in drawings. An axonometric drawing should represent the production process as a whole so that the relationship can be understood. Individual work steps should be visualised in the form of more detailed axonometric drawings. At the end you will create a booklet that documents the history, the workshop, the material, the production process up to the finished object and the aspect of sustainable production. The booklet consists of short texts, axonemetric drawings and carefully edited photographs.

Please come prepared for the excursion and familiarise yourself in advance with the workshop you will be assigned to.

If you are interested, please contact Amelie Nguyen for further information.


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Building Register – Typologies

Typologies is a research program which examines architectural form and spatial organization that defines the building. Each semester, the programme undertakes number of different, often contradictive, types of buildings developed as a result of ever-changing nature of buildings.

The seminar is organised as group surveys carried out by students. Emphasis is placed on analysis and documentation of spatially significant buildings by preparing drawings and volumetric models that explain key spatial organizing principles.

Additional investigations are carried out by building large-scale models out of cardboard and paper which are than photographed. The models present precisely selected external and internal moment, expressing atmospheric character of the building.

Completed drawings and images are brought together in a form of an overview where connections and themes between buildings begin to emerge.

If you are interested, please contact Adam Gielniak for further information.


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Building Register – Romanesque Churches in Sardinia

With the semester theme Romanesque Churches in Sardinia we want to have a broad view on this typology in this specific area and time. We not only want to examine the churches as a historic artefact but look at them with fresh eyes as current designers.

We will develope elaborate drawings based on the general research undertaken by the studio during the excursion.
We can focus on special details of churches or draw facades in a bigger scale.

This developed material will result in a publication

If you are interested please contact Markus Stolz for further information.


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