Presentation of the Bachelor theses summer 2019

From 11 to 30 July 2019, the Bachelor graduates of the Department of Architecture will present their final theses.

Building 20.40, Englerstraße 7, Karlsruhe
In the foyer on the ground floor and in the corridors of the 2nd floor.
The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.

The ceremonial farewell of the graduates will take place in the context of the annual exhibition on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Fritz-Haller lecture hall (ground floor).

The following topics were worked on:


Published by the Department of Space and Design

The studio deals with institutional spaces. How do they embody social rituals and rules and how are the latter formalized with their help? The school landscape in Germany is changing. According to current studies, the continuing trend towards all-day schooling will create a need for 10,000 new classrooms over the next 15 years. The institution of school is to be understood not only as a processually changing place of learning and communication, but also as a place for everyday life and leisure. In the current semester, the students are dealing with new conceptual, programmatic and spatial approaches for the institutionalized overlapping of learning and everyday life in the context of a community school.

Ozeaneum - Oceanographic Institute Trieste

Published by the Department of Building Construction

The subject of the Bachelor's thesis of an "Ozeaneum" deals with a scientific institute building in Trieste, which offers marine researchers an infrastructural and representative facility at a central location in the Mediterranean. This task draws its topicality from the special challenges for the strong change of the world's oceans by noticeable climatic changes, extreme pollutions and strong decrease of the sea creatures and sea plants. The Gulf of Venice also offers special challenges for marine research. The examination of the topic and the programmatic ties offered, as well as the special property, should sensitize the students to the topos, the type and the tectonics, so that at the end of the Bachelor's programme they can best demonstrate the skills they have learned in design and construction, from urban planning to detail, as well as in representation and presentation.

Parking and SAAI

Published by the Department of Building Design

In their bachelor thesis, students design a building that is a parking garage on the KIT campus during its first life cycle. However, the structure and main spaces are already designed in such a way that the Study Center for SAAI with an attached archive can be created with little construction effort. The fictitious building site is located next to the Department of Mathematics and only a few steps away from the Department of Architecture. Today, this prominent urban site at the interface of city and campus is a parking lot. The task set is a combination of two real needs: SAAI's space is now reaching the limits of its capacity. The documents gathered in the archive are important enough in terms of architectural history that not only their preservation, but also the research and exploitation of the archive's holdings require dedicated spaces. The second real need is obvious to any visitor to KIT: the outdoor spaces of the campus close to the city are primarily parking spaces and thus lost to any more interesting activity. Technologies and people's mobility behavior are undergoing major changes and there are many indications that classical parking will become less important. Therefore, it does not make sense to create buildings only for this one purpose. The students develop an architectural project from their own analysis of the site, the dual purpose and a speculation in relation to future mobility.

Student house in Karlsruhe

Published by the Department of Building Theory

With the topic of the bachelor's thesis in the summer semester 2019, we dedicate ourselves to the type of student house with the question of what role the student house assumes for the city and the inhabitant in the 21st century. We are aware that from today's point of view the type 'student house' is perhaps no longer understood as a contemporary building for communal living and working during one's studies. Nevertheless, the student house can more than ever be a place of community and encounter in the fabric of the city. This definition of a student house is contrasted with the idea of the city. The examination of the subject corresponds to the desire to approach the design process of this bachelor thesis with a concrete measure of programmatic bonds, taking into account the minimum requirements of general rules of building. An intensive and specific treatment of the urban space is in the foreground, in order to consequently find an architectural idea for the structure, typology and design of a "student house" for Karlsruhe.