Library and Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

Library and Learning Center

Library and Learning CenterThe heart of the new university campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business is the centrally located Library & Learning Center, designed by Zaha HadidArchitects.
Library and Learning CenterThe building’s asymmetrical, cantilevered roof is visible from afar, and the prominent glassfronted monitor, characteristic of Zaha Hadid’s designs, faces Prater Park.
Library and Learning Center“The straight lines of the building’s exterior separate as they move inward, becoming curvilinear and fluid to generate a free-formed interior canyon that serves as the central public plaza of the centre” says the architects.
Library and Learning CenterThe external appearance of the building is characterized by contrasting sections of light and dark. Colored fiber-reinforced concrete was used to construct the façade. The two building segments are separated by a seam of glass.
Library and Learning CenterThe main entrance of the building faces the campus’ central square, the WU Stage. The cantilevered roof extending towards the square makes the entrance instantly recognizable.
Library and Learning CenterThe building’s massive exterior is furrowed with narrow, canyon-like divisions and made up of two sections. All the other facilities of the LLC are housed within a single volume that also divides, becoming two separate ribbons that wind around each other to enclose this glazed gathering space.
Library and Learning CenterOnce inside, the Forum and the entry area are made to feel like extensions of the square outside. The generously proportioned atrium also serves as WU’s main reception area.
Library and Learning CenterWide, spiral ramps and stairways lead from the entry area up through the OMV Central Library, which extends funnel-like through 6 stories of the building. The top two floors are dedicated entirely to the library, where the wide, glass-fronted student work area offers a breathtaking view of Prater Park.
Library and Learning CenterThe building’s interior consists of a mix of self-study zones and student service units on the lower floors, combined with library space and spectacular views of the campus on the upper stories.
Library and Learning CenterThe overall impression is of one generous open space extended over several levels. In addition to the library and the student service units, the LC also houses the bookstore and copy shop, as well as both Ceremonial Halls, a club lounge, the International Office and the WU ZBP Career Center.
Library and Learning CenterLocation: Vienna, Austria
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
Assistant Project Architect: Enrico Kleinke
Project Team (Competition): Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Kristoph Nowak, Enrico Kleinke, Stefan Rinnebach, Niels Kespohl, Jan Hübener, Romy Heiland, Richard Baumgartner
Project Team (Design): Frédéric Beaupère, Jahann Shah Beyzavi, Julian Breinersdorfer, Vincenzo Cocomero, Elisabeth Dirnbacher, Tom Finke, Florian Goscheff, Peter Hornung, Peter Irmscher, Katharina Jacobi, Enrico Kleinke, Susanne Lettau, Mirjam Matthiessen, Daniela Nenadic, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Kristoph Nowak, Muhammed Patat, Nastasja Schlaf, Constanze Stinnes, Vitalij Strel, Judith Wahle, Rassul Wassa
Structural: Arup Berlin
Façade: Arup Berlin
Cost/QS: ATP Wien
Fire: HHP West, Bielefeld
Visualisation: Vectorvision, Leipzig
Gross Area: 42000 m2
Size: 28000 m2
Year: 2013

Images: Courtesy of Rieder Smart Elements
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