Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected as the architects of the Library and Learning Center (LLC) at the University of Economics & Business, Vienna. The new Library and Learning Center will be the centerpiece of the Universityâ€™s new campus and provide a significant upgrade to the Universityâ€™s services. In addition to the new library, the LLC will also provide a language laboratory, tutorial rooms, administration offices, student center, book shop, cafeteria, club rooms and event space.
The new Library and Learning Center rises as a polygonal block from the center of the new university campus. The LLCâ€™s design takes the form of a cube with both inclined and straight edges. The straight lines of the buildingâ€™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.
â€œI am delighted to be working in Vienna as I have a close affiliation with the city. As a center of research, the Library and Learning Center is forum for the exchange of ideas. It is very exciting for us to be part of the Universityâ€™s expansion.â€ states Zaha Hadid.
Rector of the University of Economics & Business, Christoph Badelt said â€œA 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.â€
PROGRAM: The LLC comprises a â€œLearning Centerâ€ with workplaces, lounges and cloakrooms, library, a language laboratory, training classrooms, administration ofï¬ces, study services and central supporting services, copy shop, book shop, data center, cafeteria, event area, club room and auditorium.
Images: Zaha Hadid Architects
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