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Award for student exhibition concept at the ADC Talent Award

Students of Interior Architecture win the silver nail at the ADC Talent Award with their exhibition concept for the contribution to the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22.

A group of students from the Interior Architecture Programme developed an exhibition concept for the interdisciplinary university contribution to the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 with Jutta Schädler (scenography), Sabine Wiesend (lighting design) and Prof. Jens Betha (project management in the field of Interior Architecture) and can now look forward to receiving the silver nail at the ADC Talent Award.

With the Talent Award, ADC honours young creatives for outstanding communication and design achievements.

An interdisciplinary university team from HFT Stuttgart competed very successfully in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2021/22, an international university competition for climate-friendly building and living. The coLLab team won numerous prizes with their entry. The competition entry was demonstrated on site at the venue in Wuppertal with a built demonstration unit.

Interior Architecture students worked in teams with Jutta Schädler (scenography), Sabine Wiesend (lighting design) and Prof. Jens Betha (project management for interior design) to develop a coherent exhibition concept for this demonstration unit.

Demonstration unit with exhibition concept on site in Wuppertal

Exhibition concept for the Solar Decathlon Europe

In the course of an international university competition on climate-friendly building and living, an exhibition concept was developed and implemented. The student renovation and extension project was presented and complex technical content from the fields of architecture, interior design and climate engineering was made interesting for a specialist audience and comprehensible for a non-specialist audience.

The goal of the exhibition design lies in the realization of a successive sequence of content that gradually introduces visitors to the project and the built exhibit. Insights and outlooks arouse curiosity. The routing builds up a dramaturgical tension. "Look and feel" of the exhibit design reflects the essential aspects of interior design. The materials used are sustainable and create a pleasant indoor environment.

The built demonstration unit is not only the most important exhibit, but also the exhibition space. Guided by a graphic guidance system, the contents are explained where they are functionally installed and can be experienced. Further information can be opened on the smartphone via QR codes. A fully functional living unit, in which visitors can experience the living utopia, forms the conclusion of the exhibition.

Jury comment
The building is a prototype for climate-friendly construction and living, developed and implemented by a multidisciplinary team of students. The built demonstration unit is not only the most important exhibit, but also an exhibition space. All topics are made tangible on the tour in situ so vividly conveyed. The professional implementation, the high aesthetic quality as well as the holistically conceived design approach, which also implements the theme of sustainable building in the exhibition design itself, are exemplary and groundbreaking – the world needs more of them!

Text source & further information

Jutta Schädler (scenography)
Sabine Wiesend (lighting design)
Prof. Jens Betha (project management interior design)

Nicolai Rapp

Publish date: 26. June 2023