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Riegler Riewe The Depth of Space

In Riegler Riewe’s conceptual design, form has almost no meaning, however action holds almost all meaning. Riegler Riewe do not work on an architecture of beautiful, visually impressive or avant-garde constructed objects. Rather, they work on the user process activating and expanding conditioning of spatial constructions. Their buildings do not offer overwhelming, aesthetically perfect images; they offer a respectively ambiguous partitur of experience and appropriation in space and time, the subjective and corporate definition of spatial constellations. They are, so to speak, relatively simple frames of complex aspects of life, in which just as undramatic as intelligently determined qualities – or rather the potential of handling, reconstructing or releveling – are applied. This is how these frames differ from the functional, as from the rational, the aesthetic minimalistic as from design-autonomous structures.

— Otto Kapfinger

Florian Riegler and Roger Riewe established their joint office in Graz in 1987. Riegler Riewe is now one of the most important and influential offices in Austria. Among other projects, they have completed: Casa Nostra residential complex, Graz (1992); airport, Graz (1994), Strassgang residential complex, Graz (1994); Federal Institute for Social Pedagogy, Baden (2000); Institute of Electrical and Information Engineering at the Graz University of Technology (2000); Literaturhaus, Graz (2003); Central Railway Station, Innsbruck (2004); Eurospar, Leibnitz (2005) and the Convention Center Hall A, Graz (2008). They are currently planning the Silesian Museum in Katowice, Poland.

Professor Roger Riewe has taught at the Institute for Architecture Technology at the Graz University of Technology since 2001. Professor Florian Riegler has taught design and construction at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2008. Riegler Riewe were represented at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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