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08/2009
eibsee conference


On the first weekend in August 2009 at the beautiful setting of Lake Eibsee below the north face of the 3000m Zugspitze; the first ‘Eibsee-Conference’ on micro architecture was held by the TU Munich’s Institute for Architecture and Product Design with Prof. Richard Horden and his team.

Several full-scale prototypes and models developed by the Institute were exhibited around the lake and in the conference hall.

A special attraction was the visit to the 1:1 micro architecture research prototype of the ‘aero-haus’, the latest design by students of TU Munich in corporation with TU Vienna, together with a champagne reception on the lakeside. The 'aero haus' is designed for short stays for surfers or snowboarders. It is a carbon fibre, aerodynamic, luxury 'micro bivouac' for two. The weight of the cabin is 45 kilos, light enough to be lifted by two people. It is designed to optimise the experience and sounds of nature, for example with the ‘aero haus’ set over rock pools or waters edge with the sounds of breaking waves close below.

The students have produced a perfectly finished, designed to aviation standards with Carbon-Werke Weißgerber GmbH, aerodynamic carbon fibre shell with adark grey soft acoustic interior with LED lighting inside. It has had an intense input from teams of young people from TU Vienna and TU Munich. Given appropriate sponsorship from auto or sport related industries the product may be available on the market in future.

The Saturday conference was characterized by a variety of interesting lectures on different topics with an introduction lecture about micro architecture by Richard Horden, the start of the Munich Institute in 1996 by Lydia Haack and Andreas Vogler, followed by former students describing their projects and current architectural careers to design theories developed at the Institute.

Inspiring lectures where held by international guests such as artist Lady Marijke de Goey from Amsterdam about Art and Architecture, the London based Architects Charles Walker, working with Zaha Hadid on Pavilion Architecture, Andrea Morgante, Professor at the Politecnico in Milan and former director of FUTURE SYSTEMS with Jan Kaplicky.

Prof. Thomas Herzog of TU Munich made the day of lectures perfect with his thank you to Prof. Richard Horden for his 13 years unique teaching at the Technical University Munich.