Studio Malta

Hello, we are Studio Malta.

We work across scales in the fields of urbanism and urban planning, architecture and design on creative and participatory processes. We act at the interface between practice-oriented and conceptual work. We develop customized strategies to realize our projects and introduce relevant matters into public discourse.

​​Publication on PND - rethinking planning
›How's it going - digitally?
Participation During and After the Pandemic‹

With the findings from our event in March we investigated expanded competences and modified methods through the lenses of moderators and process facilitators during participation processes in the pandemic. In this joint article we wrote down 3x3 thoughts that condense our experiences.

How's it going - digitally? Participation During and After the Pandemic

Studio Malta with ​​nonconform and studio | stadt | region – Andreas Bernögger, Bernadette Brunner, Roland Gruber, Torsten Klafft, Florian Kluge, Marta Toscano
Illustration: Studio Malta, Cristina Estanislao

Offspace ›Lagune‹
›Alphanumerical Characters‹ by Moritz Junkermann

Exhibition from December 4th, 21st - February 26th, 22nd

Moritz Junkermann has been working on 3D implementations of his Alphanumerical Characters, formerly also known as the industrial or metal version of his various alphabet creations, for over a decade.
For the first time, it now shows an entire metal alphabet in a uniform size.

On Saturday, December 4th the exhibition will open with a vernissage from 6 p.m. It will be on view until the end of February 2022, either from the outside at any time or inside after registration.

More information on Facebook and Instagram.

Offspace ›Lagune‹
›Today’s dance - I dance for you‹ by Sawako Nunotani

Performance series from October 7th to November 28th 2021

Through an intense 1:1 conversation with you, Sawako perceives feelings, moods and impulses in order to then reproduce them in a dancing response.

Are you interested in this unique performance? Details and registration for the dialogue here!

The performance is also visible from the outside without active participation, come by.

Photo: Clara Neumann

NEULAND: Festival for City Space Art
September 24-26, 2021

For the first opening of the Franck-Areal, close to Ludwigsburg train station, the NEULAND festival will take place and we will be there too.
With animations and interactive formats, we invite you to fantasize about the area and its development potential with us.

Opening hours
Fri., 24.09.2021, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat. 25.09 & Sun. 26.09.2021, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Trailer | Program

A joint project of the city of Ludwigsburg and the Wüstenrot Foundation.

Illustration: Studio Malta, Cristina Estanislao

Offspace ›Lagune‹
›Vlieland‹ von Clara Neumann

Until September 30th, the designer and artist Clara Neumann will open a fourth window in the Lagune with her pictures. Seen from the street, an image is projected every day at dusk:
»It's about time and light and slowness«

Different projection times:
Beginning of September: approx. 7.30pm to 10pm
End of September: approx. 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Event details

With the kind support of the LBBW Foundation.

Photo: Clara Neumann

›Friedrichstadt: Wie entwickelst du?‹
Summer School, September 2021, 6th–10th, Friedrichstadt

In cooperation with the municipality of Friedrichstadt, the teaching and research program Urban Design of the HafenCity University Hamburg and the planning office denkstatt sàrl we organize and lead the summer school for the spatial design of the project ›A house for Friedrichstadt!‹ as part of the BMBF real-life laboratory ›Friedrich-STADT-Hotel‹.

The local actors have already worked out central values ​​and an implementation strategy in cooperation with HCU and denkstatt sàrl - now it's time to design the space. In addition, the developed programmatic ideas are examined in more detail.

During the summer school, around 20 students are asked to think further about the existing approaches and present them spatially.

More informations:
Friedrichstadt. Zukunftsstadt.
Teaching and research program

Event: Spielend planen!? (engl. ›Planning by playing!?)
Games as a tool for urban development

We are delighted to be invited by Urban Equipe to present our playful workshop formats at their symposium on the topic ›Planning by playing!? Games as a tool for urban development‹. If you happen to be in Zürich on September 2021, 16th or 17th, come, play and discuss with us!

Pitch Night
16th September 2021 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Amboss Garage | Zollstraße 80 | 8005 Zürich

17th September 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Halle 710 | Barbara-Reinhart-Straße 26 | 8404 Winterthur

Picture: Urban Equipe

Lagune Offspace 2021

In the Lagune we greet the waves coming in the approaching summer. Four artists show - in a variety of media - personal perceptions and analysis of people, space and time. Lennart Cleemanns' installation ›Swinging with Fishes‹ can be seen until August 27, in September Clara Neumann shows photos in the play of light, Sawako Nunotani develops dance dialogues from October and Moritz Junkermann guides us through the turn of the year with sculptural works from December.

Distanced viewing from outside is possible; the Lagune is otherwise open by appointment. We cordially invite you and look forward to seeing you!


›Who owns the city?‹
Shaping child and youth participation in planning processes creatively

Architectural education and the involvement of children and young people in planning processes is essential for the future development of our cities. 'Kinder- und Jugendbeteiligung BW' has designed an exciting professional training course in cooperation with the 'Akademie der Jugendarbeit BW' and the 'StadtbauAkademie'. We were very happy to be invited to introduce methods and formats during our presentation!

March 11 on Zoom
11. and 18. June at Stadtpalais Stuttgart

Picture: 'Kinder- und Jugendbeteiligung BW'

• for our german speaking friends •

nonconform, studio | stadt ​| region & studio malta invite:

How's it going digital?
Participation during and after the pandemic

Exchange of experiences with joint discussion
Thursday, March 4th, 2021, 3–6pm

We have all had a crazy year. Infection protection was suddenly on the agenda, and with it the reorganization of the work processes and the participation formats. The overdue digitization was mostly rapid. But the 1:1 translation from analog to digital was not enough, that was quickly clear. So, together with the administrations, politicians and partners, a lot had to be reinvented. We learned a lot from it! You also?

Three offices that deal with participatory processes at different scales have put their heads together. We invite architects and planners, digitization experts and moderators, administrators and politicians, as well as committed people from civil society initiatives, networks and associations:

We want to share our experiences and ask if you feel the same way, to give an insight into our project work and to think together about where this turning point will lead our working field.

There's also live music!
Please bring your own food and drinks!

Live on Facebook
Live on Youtube

›Zukunft Leonhardsvorstadt‹
Project Space

Since August 17th, the former laundry at Katharinenstraße 21 is our central contact point for the Planspiel Zukunft Leonhardsvorstadt.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you can get informed and discuss ideas for Leonhardsvorstadt and the Züblin parking garage, participate and see what others are imagining for the future.

We're looking forward to meeting you there!

17th August – 16th October
Katharinenstraße 21

Photo: Ferdinando Iannone

›Zukunft Leonhardsvorstadt‹

From mid-August we will conduct an experimental, crossmedia participation process together with BeL and Belius in Leonhardsvorstadt, Stuttgart.

Initiated by the state capital of Stuttgart, the focus will be placed on central locations in the district that will be developed as model projects for living together within the framework of the IBA’27 StadtRegion Stutt­gart.

We are very happy to play through the future of Leonhardsvorstadt together with the residents.


Design: Christina SchmidSimon Malz
Illustration: Thomas Rustemeyer
Editor: Christian Holl

Off-Space ›Lagune‹
›Toï Toï Toï‹ by Lea Ducos

Between 25th of July and 12th of September, a selection of works by the french artist Léa Ducos will be on display in the Lagune. She deals with finds of industrial materials and unites them in exceptional combinations and constructions, which are open to playful redesign.

This exhibition and the subsequent publication are results of her residence as a scholar between february and july 2020 in the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, in the context of the exchange program for artists of the federal state Baden–Württemberg and the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, organised by the Institut français Stuttgart in cooperation wirh art3 Valence. Supported by the Ministry for Sciences, Research and Fine Arts of Baden-Württemberg.

Offspace ›Lagune‹
›Déclenchement‹ by Clara Cornu
March, 20th - May, 8th

The fabulous Clara Cornu will be showing her series ›Release Zones‹ and from her repertoire the ›Travelling Divers‹ in the ›Lagune‹ from March 20th to May 8th.

»The former dive shop was closed for ten years and received the nickname ›Lagoon‹ by its new residents. The divers rise from the depths. Called to the surface by the three turquoise windows, they climb to unknown peaks. They conjure up the location’s past and at the same time emancipate themselves from it.«

The unique technique of reverse glass painting can be admired from outside without contamination and now enriches the street space. Come look at it!

Offspace ›Lagune‹
Kick-off event with finissage ›Untitled‹
March 7th, 7 - 10pm

With drinks, snacks and experimental music by Arne Hellström we will celebrate the opening of the ›Lagune‹ on Saturday, March 7th with the finissage by artist Weiny Fitui.

Collected products and light sources are the central object with which Fitui creates her assemblages. Light gives the materials an aura and thus an extra position for the exhibited object ›Untitled‹. A three-dimensional X made of steel wire overlaps with found objects, neon tubes, acrylic glass and other light sources to create a colored installation.

›Untitled‹ was produced in 2016 under the theme ›Art in the Club‹, is exhibited in different places and is currently located in our space.

We would be very happy to welcome you here!

Offspace ›Lagune‹

Together with the graphic designers Clara Neumann and Christina Schmid, we are turning the front area of our studio into the temporary Offspace ›Lagune‹.
Between March and September 2020, various artists will be invited to activate the space and enrich the neighborhood with art and smaller events. We'll keep you up to date!

Opening times during the exhibitions:
Tuesdays, 6 to 8pm or by appointment.

Our off-space is funded by the cultural office of the city of Stuttgart, with the friendly supply of the exhibition lighting by Klemproducts.

›Bad Cannstatt verstehen lernen‹ (engl. ‘learning to understand Bad Cannstatt’)
Student exhibition 

As part of Aaron Schirrmann's teaching activities at the international master's course ›Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design‹ at the University of Stuttgart, the results of the students' semester project on the strategic development of Bad Cannstatt will be exhibited and discussed on February, 4th. The students are looking forward to meet you!

4th February 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
8th floor | room 8.04
Keplerstrasse 11 | 70174 Stuttgart

Poster: IUSD

›Joanes Prize‹ competition exhibition

Our proposal for a social design of the new Ackerplatz (Berlin - Wedding) will be part of the upcoming exhibition of the Joanes Stiftung. Come on over!

29th January - 9th February 2020
Wed. to Sun. | 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Former „Waschküche“
Feldstraße 10 | 13355 Berlin

Initiative Innerer Nordbahnhof

During the last months we supported the two associations Kunstverein Wagenhalle e.V. and Stadtacker Wagenhallen e.V in founding the Initiative Innerer Nordbahnhof and defining its strategic goals. Learn more about it and read the strategic paper.

Treppauf - Treppab
Map of Stairways

Our friends Christina Schmid and Sabine Fessler have published a wonderful book about the 'Stuttgarter Stäffele' (typical Stuttgart stairways), to which we contributed to the Stäffele-map. Both the book and the map can be purchased at Prima.Publikationen: take a look and grab it!

Photo: Christina Schmid

Publication in STADT BAUEN 7

Our award-winning project Container City has been published in the book series STADT BAUEN by the DASL - German Academy for urban design and landscape planning.

Summer aperitif at the Studio

Fresh breeze, the sound of the sea ... Studio Malta celebrates summer!

6th July 2019 | 5:00 - 10:00 pm

May 30th - June 2nd: Action Week in the Leonhardsvorstadt

The time has come: The Action Week for the Leonhardsvorstadt neighbourhood development starts in a few days!
Together with the association Leonhardsvorstadt e.V., the artist Weiny Fitui and the ILPÖ of Uni Stuttgart, we have put together a diverse program ranging from workshops and talks to cultural and musical events. Come visit us and join in the activities at the main action area behind the Züblin-Parkhaus from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd.

Flyer: Clara Neumann and Christina Schmid

RI.U.SO 06: Studio Malta goes to Milano!

Already last year it was announced that the Container City would receive a honorable mention at 'RI.U.SO 06 - Rigenerazione Urbana Sostenibile'. Now, the Italian National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Monument Conservators (CNAPPC) invited us to Milan for the award ceremony. In the context of the Design Week, we accepted the award with great pleasure.

New Studio

After an exhausting renovation, we finally moved into our beautiful new studio! We were very happy about everyone that celebrated a great opening with us. Come visit us at Forststrasse 92, 70176 Stuttgart.

Photo credit: Jeanette Bak

Mail from the Cultural Office

The Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart supports our funding request for an extensive action week for collaborative neighborhood development that we are planning for summer 2019 together with the artist Weiny Fitui in the neighborhoods ‘Leonhardsvorstadt’ and ‘Hospitalviertel’.

Cooperation partners include the Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology at the University of Stuttgart, the City Planning Office, the Cultural Office as well as local civil society institutions and key cultural players of the neighborhoods. Stay tuned!

Deutscher Städtebaupreis 2018

At Germany’s biggest Urban Design Award the Container City of the Kunstverein Wagenhalle e.V. received an award as one of the ten best urban design projects of the past two years!

“The multifunctional area has become a driving force and a programmatic module for the future neighborhood. The interconnection of informal and temporary projects with long-term measures and strategic developments promotes a concentration of public uses that radiates into the immediate surroundings and the entire city.”

We are very happy!