Elke Delugan Meissl

Member of international architectural juries and boards
Office profile
Two large-scale housing projects in Vienna were the first buildings designed and realized by
the architects: the Beam, built in 1998 and the Mischek Tower, which had been completed
two years later. During the last 212years of existence, the studio Delugan Meissl Associated
Architects realized numerous further projects, among them the Global Headquarter Sandoz
of the Novartis Company (2003), Ray1, the often-published house on a rooftop near
Vienna’s city center, the City Lofts and the High Rise in the Wienerberg district. Besides
multiple successes in international competitions, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects’
contribution to the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice, as well as to the first Architecture
Biennal in China – with an apartment realized in Phoenix City of Bejing – attracted high
attention. Further achievements on national as well as international level include many
social housing projects or cultural buildings such as the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart
(completion in 2011), the EYE Film Institute Netherlands (opening end of 2011) or the
Festival Hall in Erl, which was completed at the end of 2012. The Campus of the Vienna
University of applied Sciences (completed in 2009), the refurbishment of the Tourist Info
Albertina in Vienna (opened in November 2014) or the Geriatric Centre Donaustadt
(completed in Autumn 2014) are further important projects of the studio. In July 2015,
DMAA won the 1st prize in the competition for the refurbishment of “Badisches
Staatstheater” theatre in Karlsruhe. Among further accomplishments: win of the 1st prize in
the competition for the new Campus Tower in HafenCity Hamburg.
Architectural approach
The architecture of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects is much like language, in which
meaning is constituted by the relationships among individual words. In contrast to other
architectural philosophies, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects do not reduce this
principle of hermetic language to a game in and of itself, but rather, they root their work
with as many multivalent relationships between architecture and its contextual
environment as possible, premiating the context of the building and the physical presence
of its users.
Directed and rigorous processes of design are guided from spatial perception to future users.
Their architectural concepts and connections to the existing fabric are reminiscent of
organisms entering into dialogue with the environment, as integral parts of an overall
system. Inside and out, their concepts break down the order of conventional rooms into
flowing, functionally defined spatial sequences. Independent of size or function, the work
of DMAA is consistently determined by these theoretical principles. In this regard, Delugan
Meissl Associated Architects are committed to developing the principle of intensification,
along with ways to spatialize it and make it physio-logically tangible. As opposed to a type
of representational form of contemporary architecture that is geared primarily to the visual
and to interpretive meaning, actual form is generated, which, in its physiological effects on the senses and the body, with the aim, to be a regulator of the rhythm of social and
individual life.

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