Library and Learning Centre

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

December 18th, 2008


Zaha Hadid Architects have
won a competition to design a library and learning centre for the
University of Economics
& Business in Vienna, Austria.

The 28,000 square metre building forms the central part of a new
campus for the university.

The learning centre will include a library, tutorial rooms,
administration offices, student centre, book shop, cafeteria, and
event space.

The project is due for completion in 2012.
Here’s some more information from Zaha Hadid Architects:

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

PROGRAM: The LLC comprises a “Learning Center” with workplaces,
lounges and cloakrooms, library, a language laboratory, training
classrooms, administration offices, study services and central
supporting services, copy shop, book shop, data center, cafeteria,
event area, clubroom and auditorium.

CLIENT: University of Economics Vienna
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik
Schumacher Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer Project Team:
Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Kristoph Nowak, Enrico Kleinke, Stefan
Rinnebach, Niels Kespohl, Jan Hübener, Romy Heiland, Richard

CONSULTANTS: Structural Engineers: Arup Berlin M&E
Engineers: Arup Berlin Façade Engineers: Arup Berlin Cost
Consultant: ATP Wien Fire protection: HHP West, Bielefeld Render
Studio: Vectorvision, Leipzig

SIZE: 28.000m² net area 42.000m² gross area (205.000m³) 136m

Two phase competition with six competitors in the first phase and three in the second phase.
1st prize: Zaha Hadid Architects 2nd prize:
Morphosis 3rd prize: Prof. Hans Hollein
Other competitors: Studio Massimiliano Fuksas;
Kada Wittfeld Studio
Start first phase: August 2008
Start second phase: October 2008 Decision:
November 2008
Jury: Wolf D. Prix (head of jury)
Dietmar Eberle
Laura P. Spinadel (BUS Architekten, new campus masterplanner)
Peter Ehrenberger Sepp Frank Brian Cody

Featured architect: Zaha Hadid,

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 4:49 pm by Rose
Etherington. See our
policy. Follow comments through the

RSS 2.0 feed.


22 photos

Building Activity

  • Ontotext
    Ontotext updated
    about 5 years ago via Annotator
  • updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator
  • Mohammed Kmail
    Mohammed Kmail commented
    about 5 years ago via iPhone