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Apartment Views: Kiubo 1.0
Talk by Tanja Gurke, Gernot Ritter/HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architekten and Andrea Jany/​Architect and Housing Researcher 


Photo: Julian Lanca-Gil, hda

Inspired by Tanja Gurke’s many years of planning tours in her project Häuser schaun (Looking at Houses) we now take a look at more intimate areas.

Together with Gernot Ritter from HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architekten and the Architect and Housing Researcher Andrea Jany, who are involved in this project of ÖWG, a special housing project is presented in a conversation: Kiubo 1.0 

It is the first apartment that adapts to life. Housing today is as inflexible as it was 100 years ago. What was once built is difficult to change again. At the same time, however, people’s living conditions are changing faster and faster. Today we are in one city and tomorrow we may be somewhere else. We sometimes need more space when we start a family or work from home and sometimes less when the kids move out or retirement comes knocking.

This talk is about the first demo building to meet this approach, with more to follow. Questions as to why concepts and ideas do not always translate into reality and the intellectual concepts behind the buildings will be discussed. Embedded in the theme of the exhibition Domestic Drama and surrounded by the exhibition spaces, which radiate homeliness and comfort, the speakers will give us a glimpse inside spaces that will soon be inhabited by residents.



Participating artists

Tanja Gurke

*1971 Graz, lives in Graz

has a doctorate in art history and is the managing director of the Grazer Kunstverein and a co-designer of various art projects in Graz. In cooperation with HDA Graz (Haus der Architektur) and renowned architects, she is responsible for the successful Häuser schaun series. Art opens doors, to new spaces, new worlds, to ourselves,” is how Tanja Gurke describes her approach to the interface between art and architecture.

Gernot Ritter

*1968 Eisenerz, lives and works in Graz

founded the architectural office together with Veronika Hofrichter-Ritter in 2003. Sports buildings, ecclesiastical buildings and residential projects in Austria and abroad are important construction areas with which they have received various prizes and awards. With the project Flexliving the office participated in the exhibition for the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2021. Gernot Ritter is the CEO at HDA Graz.

Andrea Jany

*1980 Leinefelde, lives and works in Graz

holds a doctorate in architecture and housing research. After her education at Bauhaus University Weimar, Virginia Tech, Stanford University and TU Graz, as well as many years of planning practice, her work priorities are on housing with a focus on sustainable approaches and developments.

Photo: Julian Lanca-Gil, hda