outer Space Architecture



When Lucian Samosata started to draw the idea of its first flying machine attached to human arms that would bring men into outer space, he was more than 2000 years ahead of his time.


In this seminar Lena Wimmer, architect, is focusing on the architectural history of outer space and its future.


Building in outer space is no science fiction but reality since more than a century. There are people living in outer space for months and even years, but we don’t call it a house nor architecture. We are building an infrastructure network that is expanding each day, from orbit to Mars, from Venus to Jupiter. We position satellites, robots and are creating a grid that binds the planets more and more together. But who is the decision maker, is there a city planner or an architect who feels responsible for these constructions? No. Yet we don’t talk about architecture in outer space, we don’t talk about city planning.

When my grandmother started her astronaut training career there was Roskosmos and NASA challenging each other every day. There was a race for conquering the outer space and living on Mars in 2000 was no fiction for my grandmother. There were already plans and concepts from pioneers like Werner von Braun who was able to start detailing space ships with artificial gravity and moon habitats, decades before Foster designed a station on moon.

Galina Balachova, russian architect and first architect in outer space, was drawing spaceships in 1950 that went into orbit a few years later. She was the first one who invented furniture for people who are playing cards while orbiting the earth and designing windows in spaceships who would give you the most exclusive view to the stars and earth.

Why don’t we, as architects take responsibility for these new opportunities?


That’s why this seminar is so important and unique. We are the first ones who will talk about the architecture in outer space. We will examine and research every moment of the built and unbuilt past to understand what we will bring into focus in a near future.

We will invite scientists and guest lecturers like IOTA Founder Dominik Schiener who are all challenging the future and our built environment drastically.


This deep research and analysis will be followed by a proposal and concept that we develop for a realistic and realizable small scale project in outer space.



ROOM A 052

18.10.2017 | 6 pm  Intro & Task 1  

18.10.2017 | 6 pm  First lecture: Introduction in History of Space Architecture