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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Library and Learning Center in Vienna, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architect

December 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
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The library rises at the centre of a new campus – forming a polygonal block with both inclined and straight edges – the latter separating as they move inwards to become curvilinear – generating an interior canyon serving as a central plaza, with all other elements housed within two encasing spatial ‘ribbons’.

Library and Learning Center

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Library and Learning Center
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Project Date: 2008 – 2012
  • Gross Area: 42000 m²
  • Length: 136m
  • Width: 76m
  • Height: 30m (5 Floors)
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer

Library and Learning Center

  • Assistant Project Architect: Enrico Kleinke
  • Project Team (Competition): Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Kristoph Nowak, Enrico Kleinke, Stefan Rinnebach, Niels Kespohl, Jan Hübener, Romy Heiland, Richard Baumgartner
  • Project Team (Design): Frédéric Beaupère, Jahann Shah Beyzavi, Julian Breinersdorfer, Vincenzo Cocomero, Elisabeth Dirnbacher, Tom Finke, Florian Goscheff, Peter Hornung, Peter Irmscher, Katharina Jacobi, Enrico Kleinke, Susanne Lettau, Mirjam Matthiessen, Daniela Nenadic, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Kristoph Nowak, Muhammed Patat, Nastasja Schlaf, Constanze Stinnes, Vitalij Strel, Judith Wahle, Rassul Wassa
  • Structural: Arup Berlin
  • Facade: Arup Berlin
  • Cost / QS: ATP Wien
  • Fire: HHP West, Bielefeld
  • Visualisation: Vectorvision, Leipzig


Library and Learning Center

The new Library & Learning Center 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 to generate a free-formed interior canyon that serves as the central public plaza of the centre. 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.

Library and Learning Center

The Center 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.

Library and Learning Center

Library and Learning Center

Library and Learning Center

Library and Learning Center


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