Lukas Göbl was invited to the University of Applied Arts to be a jury member, or “visiting critic”, and discuss student semester projects in the Department of Structural Design. In the Advanced Structural Design course — taught by Klaus Bollinger, Andrej Gheorghe, and Florian Medicus — students were tasked with analyzing well-known buildings by architects such as Snoehetta, Renzo Piano, Stefano Boeri, and Jean Nouvel in order to understand each building’s strengths and weaknesses, and above all to explore the interplay of architecture and bearing structure. In a subsequent step, students developed concepts and ideas to structurally improve buildings, resulting in extraordinary and surprising results. In many cases, the student projects were quite refined and garnered the jury’s approval.
The Dockner family opened their new winery, called the “Joe Celler”, with an impressive celebration that included more than 500 guests and this year’s new batch of wine. Guests were welcomed with cocktails and appetizers to the “old” wine center, completed by göbl architecture six years ago. The main program then took place in the wine pressing house and in the show cellar, the golden heart of the new facility. Festive speeches, a review of the building’s development, live music, a wine tasting, and a buffet with numerous delicacies filled the memorable evening to the brim.