University of Economics & Business Vienna Zaha Hadid

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University of Economics & Business Vienna Zaha Hadid

Austrian Educational Building – design by Zaha Hadid Architects

18 Dec 2008

University of Economics & Business Vienna

Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition for the Library and Learning Centre
at the University of Economics & Business, Vienna, Austria

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Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected as the architects of the Library and Learning Centre (LLC) at the University of Economics & Business, Vienna. The new Library and Learning Centre will be the centerpiece of the University’s new campus and provide a significant upgrade to the University’s services. In addition to the new library, the LLC will also provide a language laboratory, tutorial rooms, administration offices, student centre, book shop, cafeteria, clubrooms and event space.

The new Library and Learning Centre rises as a polygonal block from the centre of the new university campus. The LLC’s design takes the form of a cube with both inclined and straight edges. The straight lines of the building’s exterior separate as they move inward, becoming curvilinear and fluid, generating a free-formed interior canyon that serves as the central public plaza. 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.

“I am delighted to be working in Vienna as I have a close affiliation with the city. As a centre of research, the Library and Learning Centre is forum for the exchange of ideas. It is very exciting for us to be part of the University’s expansion.” states Zaha Hadid.

Rector of the University of Economics & Business, Christoph Badelt said “A library and learning center should be more than a mere library in the classical sense: it is a research and a service facility, a workplace and lounge, a place of communication and a traffic hub, at one and the same time. With its breathtaking architecture, the design by Zaha Hadid manages to combine all the key functions of study in a most wonderful way. It is a vision that embodies this innovative concept of a university.”

University of Economics & Business Vienna Library and Learning Centre images / information from Zaha Hadid Architects 181208

University of Economics & Business Vienna – Competiton:
Two phase competition with six competitors in the first phase and three in the second phase.

1st: Zaha Hadid Architects
2nd: Morphosis
3rd: Prof. Hans Hollein
Other competitors:
Studio Massimiliano Fuksas
Kada Wittfeld Studio

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