Studio Malta

Hello, we are Studio Malta.

We work across scales in the fields of city 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.

›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.

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 workshop format ›Stadtbühne‹ at their symposium on the topic ›Planning by playing!? Games as a tool for urban development‹. If you happen to be in Zürich on March 2021, 25th or 26th, come, play and discuss with us!

Pitch Night
25th March 2021 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location to be announced

26th March 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Limmathall | Hardturmstrasse 122 | 8005 Zurich

Picture: Urban Equipe

›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!