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We design minimalist, functional habitats, build sophisticated space solutions, and research the interaction of people, plants, objects, and space in extreme environments. Questions such as: What makes a place worth living in? Who are we designing for? What happens and why? are the questions we ask at the beginning of projects, whether they are theoretical and utopian or very specific. We have extracted design principles from our field work in extreme situations – in the space conditions of astronauts and ruderal plants – and provide input on current issues: Living in tiny spaces and space extensions, living in micro-societies, innovative lifestyles, using resources and improving the quality of life, and integrating technical systems and human interfaces.
Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Dr.-Ing., is an architect and researcher specializing in habitability design solutions for extreme environments. She is also Senior Lecturer at the department of building construction and design at the Vienna University of Technology. Her teachings include design courses in space architecture and extreme environment architecture and a regular course on ‘Emerging Fields in Architecture’.
Verena Holzgethan is a landscape designer and partner for the Radio Spaceuriosity broadcast, as well as researchprojects involving plants.
Franziska Peters is a strong team member for our projects on Earth in all phases.
Sabrina Kerber just joined our team and we like her spirit.
Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Architecture and Design, HB2
Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC)
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES)
Former team members:
Polina Petrova (2018), Marlies Arnhof (Architecture, 2017), Amine Khouni (Design and Research, 2015), Dipl.-Ing. Kamil Szmidt (Architecture, 2015), Dario Krljes (Drawings), Carrie Paterson (Artist), DI Laura Hannapel (2013), Birgit Dejaco (2011), Lisa Maresch (2007). Additional partners / team members are listed for each project.