Workshop

Glass palaces and concrete castles

Architects' building materials and techniques

School students build a model in the workshop space.

Glass palaces and concrete castles
© Architekturzentrum Wien

Marble, stone and iron all crack – what is reinforced concrete? A comparison is made of different building materials, like bricks, concrete, wood, glass and straw, followed by an examination of their properties. We use our own bodies for experiments that show us the basic principles of structural design: columns, beams and trusses are discussed, and we find out what the differences between solid buildings and frame constructions are. Amazing examples in the exhibition illustrate the uses of different materials and techniques in architecture. In the ensuing practical exercise in the workshop, the participants’ deepen their understanding of the topics addressed, and try their hand at design.

Group of school students in the permanent exhibition “a_schau”

Glass palaces and concrete castles
© Architekturzentrum Wien

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