Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

The avant-garde Austrian architect Wolfgang Tschapeller, well known in Serbia of winning the competition for the Center for the Promotion of Science, presented the project at Belgrade Design Week 2011.

Wolfgang Tschapeller is an architect working in Vienna. He was born in Dölsach, East Tyrol, initially trained as a carpenter, and studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Wolfgang Tschapeller has taught as a visiting professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and the State University of New York in Buffalo, as well as other academic institutions. In 2004/2005, he was the McHale Fellow at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Since 2005, he has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and as of 2012 he is the head of the Institute of Art and Architecture.

Major projects include the BVA 1, 2 and 3 series for the Vienna headquarters of the Austrian Insurance Fund for Public Employees, the design for the construction of a hotel in the Schwarzenberg Palace Garden in Vienna and the European Cultural Centre between the Palatine Chapel and the city hall in Aachen, Germany. In 1998 and 2006, he worked on projects for the Linz Opera House, in 2010 on the project for the Centre for Promotion of Science in Belgrade, and in 2012 on a project for the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The administrative building of the municipal authority in Murau, Austria, completed in 2002, and the St. Joseph House (2007) embody some of his quintessential ideas.

The projects of Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT-GmbH have been shown in in 2012, 2010, 2006, 2004 at the Architecture Biennial in Venice, in 2012 at the Austrian Pavilion of the Architecture Biennial in Venice, in 2008 at the exhibition New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific in Tokyo and 2010 in Istanbul, as part of the exhibition Sculptural Architecture in Austria at the National Art Museum of China in 2006, at the Aedes East gallery in 2006, at the Aedes West gallery in 2004 and at the Architecture Biennial in Sao Paulo in 2003. Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH was founded in 2007, with Wolfgang Tschapeller as its principal. In 2012 the branch office Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH Belgrade has been opened.



Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!