The Library and Learning Centre \ Zaha Hadid

• October 15, 2013

The Library and Learning Centre by Zaha Hadid at the Vienna University of Economics and Business opened last week in the city’s second district.

The library and learning centre is one of seven buildings that make up the new campus at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), designed to accommodate 24,000 students and 1800 staff. The most distinctive feature of Zaha Hadid‘s 28,000-square-metre building is a large black volume that is perched over the roof and cantilevers out across a public square at the main entrance. This structure houses the main library, as well as function rooms and an elevated cafe, and is clad externally in fibreC glass fibre-reinforced concrete panels from Austrian manufacturer Rieder. To contrast, the rest of the building is finished in white fibreC panels and accommodates the non-public areas, including classrooms, an auditorium, workspaces and offices. The glassfibre concrete elements were able to meet all the requirements of the star architect, including aesthetics, material quality and the challenge of implementing the design of a slightly curved building cubature with curved concrete panels.

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+ Project facts

Library and Learning Center
University of Economics Vienna
Austria
6.100 m2 fibreC
440 m2 fibreC 3D
Bianco & Liquide Black

Photographer: Rasmus Norlander

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Category: Architecture, Education

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