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Syllabus for

Academic year
AFT062 - Space for living
Boendets rum
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKARK
12,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Architecture

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 45115
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Project, part A 5,5 c Grading: UG   5,5 c    
0214 Field study, part B 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0314 Written and oral assignments, part C 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0414 Written and oral assignments, part D 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    

In programs

TKARK ARCHITECTURE, Year 1 (compulsory)


Ola Nylander

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Architectural design project 5,5 hec


General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites



The purpose of this design studio and the accompanying course units is to introduce and study the interplay between living and space, including both interior and exterior spaces. Students will design a small building from whole to detail. The studio work aims to develop students' knowledge of and skills in space, environment, material, technical systems, and design. All are revisited, clarified, applied, and developed in the design studio. Concepts and connections related to indoor climate and the workings of the building shell are introduced. Human activity, relationships, dimensions, abilities, needs, and experiences are all central aspects. The project helps make students aware of and trained in design for various functional disabilities through both empathy and compliance with regulations. Studio work also trains students in design and presentation. At the same time, basic digital techniques are introduced for making two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional renderings.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Describe and reflect on their own experiences and perceptions of home life.
Describe aesthetic values of space design and room connections related to housing.
Demonstrate completed experiments in which space and living are studied with a variety of artistic forms of expression.
Design a small residential building from whole to detail within the spatial context of the surrounding city or landscape.
Describe the interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces in relation to housing as an activity and function.
Present choices of materials and details based on function and expression.
Refer to relevant rules, regulations, and standards.

Analyze and describe housing for different people.
Interpret and apply that analysis to building design goals or functional programs.
Create rooms and room connections for functional living.
Describe and analyze various kinds of functional impediments related to the design of housing.
Apply knowledge related to various functional impediments in the design studio project.

Be familiar with the design elements of outdoor spaces.
Understand the interaction between a building and the outdoor spaces that surround it.

Using established terminology, describe the indoor climate of a residential building.
Present the functions of the building shell and give examples of how the building shell can be configured.
Present a diagrammatic section and a selection of details that are critical for a building's function and expression.

Demonstrate the completion of a design process in which various techniques, media, and tools (physical models, hand-drawn sketches, CAD drawings, etc.) have been used.
Reflect on how different choices of techniques, media, and tools have influenced the design process.

Present their own study process before the course.
Reflect on their own study process after the course.
Analyze the learning process in the course.
Reflect on the knowledge and skills used in the course.


DESIGN STUDIO: Residential Building (5.5 credits) (Part A)
The design task for this studio is a small residential building with an additional function. The central fields of knowledge for the project are space and spatial sequences as they relate to:
- building program and flexibility, dimensions, furnishing, and movements
- connections between spaces and spatial character
- the building context
- the building's materials, construction details, and climate protection
- the building's indoor climate (light, sound, air quality, temperature)

In the design process, students undertake artistic exercises that explore spatial phenomena to gain an understanding of our sensory impressions of color, light, sound, and materiality.

UNIT 1: Design for All (1.5 credits) (Part B)
In the design studio project, accessibility aspects are developed and applied.

UNIT 2: Visualization, Presentation, and Representation (3.0 credits) (Part C)
In this unit students work on sketching and drafting techniques, related to their design studio projects and using various methods both manual and digital for communicating all parts of the project (plan, section, details, renderings, etc.).

UNIT 3: Design, Technology, and Climate (2.0 credits) (Part D)
This unit deals with the indoor climate of the home, the building's climate shell, and details of wood-framed construction (from concept to detail).


The course is taught and led by a teaching team. Each part is linked to students' ongoing work in the design studio. The course includes lectures, reading, seminars, exercises, field trips, mid-term presentations, mid-term critique, and final critique.


Nylander, Ola: Svensk bostad 1850-2000, Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2013. A reading list will by provided at the start of the course.
d Elia, Stefano: AutoCad Skolbok 2021, WITU, ISBN 978-91-87187-36-0
Lindecrantz D, Sellberg K-J, dElia S: SketchUp 2017, WITU, 978-91-87187-26-1

Examination including compulsory elements

A passing grade requires participation in each unit of the course, presentation and approval of all assignments, and completion and approval of the design studio project. Grading is based on mid-term critique and final critique.

If the result is not considered as a pass in the course, then supplementation must be completed in accordance to written instructions and assessed in the next subsequent re-examination period. If this primary supplementation does not result in a pass and further supplementation is then required, this will also be notified in writing. This secondary supplementation will be assessed in the subsequent re-examination period. If the additions are then not deemed sufficient for passing the course, the course should be retaken.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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