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Vienna University // 2013
Vienna, Austria

©Duccio Malagamba, Barcelona

Vienna University of Economics and Business Campus
// 2013
Project Title: Vienna University of Economics and Business Campus
Consultants: N/A
Location: Vienna Austria
Collaborators: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers - Los Angeles
Size: 225,000 sq. ft.
Architect of Record: Vasko + Partner Ingenieure
Use: Educational Mixed Use Facility
Status: Under Construction, completion August 2013
Client(s): WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Awards: 1st Prize, Architectural Competition
BIG (Bundles Immobilien Gesellschaft)

The goal for this programmatically complex academic facility was to develop a clear organizational strategy that would maximize flexibility, promote interaction between the various academic departments and allow for a high degree of permeability across the site. In order to accomplish this, a series of slender overlapping volumes were arranged along the length of the site.

The space between each volume is a shared atrium. The atriums provide opportunities for students, staff and faculty to cross paths and congregate while simultaneously mediating the interior environment by regulating airflow and day lighting.

The slender volumes maximize views towards the urban and natural preserves and act as boundaries that define large exterior plazas as well as a sequence of interconnected plazas in between the building volumes. The plazas create intimate areas for congregation, define distinct entry courts for each department and provide connections to the larger network of open spaces around the campus.