A Relaxation Room Based on Ideas by Users of a Recreational Area for Young People
On the occasion of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015: Ideas for Change, the MAK ventured outside “the walls of the museum” with the exhibition 2051: Smart Life in the City, and sprung into action along with 10 demonstrators (real time research laboratories) in urban space. The project Bauwerk:Stadt— My City 2051 was realized in cooperation with the Vienna Family Association in the context of the exhibition––here too, the museum departed
from its traditional territory by becoming actively involved in a ball games cage in Alois-Drasche-Park in the Viennese district
of Wieden for two weeks. Together with the design duo Célia-Hannes (Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger), children were
addressed as experts on their spaces and developed ideas for their “City 2051.”
After the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015, collaboration with the Vienna Family Association continued, and the MAK went “outside” once
again. The aim of the Dream Space project was to draw upon the expert knowledge of users and, in cooperation with the designers from breadedEscalope, create
what one of the Vienna Family Association’s youth centers lacked: a relaxation room.
The recreational facility for youths known as FUX4 in the Viennese district of Wieden is frequented by 30 children and youths
aged between 9 and 13. The users lacked––both from their own point of view and that of the carers––a relaxation room to which
they could retreat in smaller groups.
Together with the designers of breadedEscalope, a participative design process was initiated that began with a visit to the
MAK exhibition STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show. During a second session, the children and youths participated in a workshop in the context of the MAK exhibition JOSEF FRANK: Against Design, where they discussed how to define spaces according to their own needs. There followed a collective mapping of the recreational
area and a “Design Thinking Workshop,” where the children and youths translated their “dream space” into models. These models
provided the basis for the designers’ considerations regarding the structure and the furnishing of the relaxation room. They
developed designs and discussed them with the space’s future users before one of the designs—an installation within the area—was
implemented. The children chose the color of the installation, and helped to paint and build it. Known as the HochFUX (“highFUX”),
the relaxation room is made of various materials, including recycled panels from a MAK exhibition, and is now in use at FUX4.
Project Management, MAK: Beate Lex, Head of New Concepts for Learning Project Management, Vienna Family Association: Britta Stroj Conception and Realization: Beate Lex, Britta Stroj Design and Project Support: breadedEscalope