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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 Centre in Vienna, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects

October 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rieder Smart Element GmbH

Here are the first photographs of Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, which 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.

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

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.

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

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. The slender, 13-mm thick panels are dyed throughout during manufacturing. In addition, the rough, sandblasted surface lends the facade a special depth and a homogeneous look and counteracts ageing processes.

Rieder is giving away five Zaha Hadid books documenting 10 years of academic design research conducted at the Zaha Hadid master-class at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

Image Courtesy © Rieder Smart Element GmbH

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