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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.

Campus WU -Teaching Center in Viena, Austria by BUSarchitektur

 
December 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BUSarchitektur

We envisage the new academic space located at the north-east of the new Campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business as a venue for multiple networking. More than a mere building, the Teaching Center is a learning platform that promotes spontaneous communication while also making it possible to undertake the classes and activities that occur within. This quest for spontaneous exchange has different levels and scales sharing one common denominator: the path is the goal. For us, a contemporary Teaching Center should encourage curiosity in the everyday routine of those who teach as well as those who learn, becoming a place where moving about and getting on stage does not lead to experiencing spatial boundaries by instead giving free reign to the imagination.

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  • Architects: BUSarchitektur
  • Project: Campus WU -Teaching Center
  • Location: Viena, Austria
  • Photography: BOAnet.at
  • CLIENT: Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Neu GmbH
  • SERVICES: Comprehensive Master Plan in collaboration with international experts, Executive Project for the D1 TC complex
  • INITIATION (beginning) OF THE PROJECT: 2008
  • PROJECT COMPLETION: 2013
  • TYPE OF WORK: New construction
  • USABLE AREA: 28,349m²
  • COVERED AREA: 32,484m²
  • CUBATURE: 149,036m³
  • AWARDS: 1st Prize in the International Competition for the Master Plan and Executive Project for Campus WU

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BEYOND THE TEACHING CENTER: GLOBALIZE

We propose a densification of learning at different levels, either through horizontal spatial sequences (Patio plaza – Lounge – roofed urban platform – Food Court), or through a vertical spatial stratification (access staircase to the Departments building – corridors – atrium). The Department of Global Business and Trade effectively becomes the center of all activity in between the Library and Learning Center and the Teaching Center. The Center is here.

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Through a simple language and complex spatial sequences, the Teaching Center at Vienna’s new Campus WU makes it possible to recognize the signs that encourage society to form by means of architecture. Here, places for leisure and recreation appear together with plazas that allow interactions between movements, events and spaces; or, in other words, connections between people, activities and architecture are conceived.

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ABOVE US: STROLLING

The Forum plaza located in front of the Teaching Center’s main entrance is as much an exterior world of the Campus, as an extended interior world. Spatial versatility is experienced across “The Space In-between for Communication” of the Teaching Center´s dense body, as well as via the interior staircases and ramps inside the Aula.

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BELOW US: MOBILIZING

The parking access beneath the central auditoriums and the Main Lecture Hall (Audimax) are both suspended bodies, in which the big city’s noise is no longer perceived, thereby allowing users the experience of “listening”. Serenity in the flow of movement.

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BETWEEN US: SEARCHING

The sequence of closed and opened spaces seeks again and again to create private areas in this public building designed for about 4,000 users. Small town anonymity is neutralized by unexpected appropriations.

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ALONGSIDE US: IMAGINING

During the course of the day, the Assembly Hall is transformed by natural light entering from all directions, forming a lively space that fosters creativity. The provision of artificial LED lighting enables knowledge to spread further through contemporary technology.

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AROUND US: DISCOVERING

The Aula walking path follows an ascending spiral course accompanied by an oasis of study spaces. Different learning intensities allow your gaze to wander while absorbed by searches in different directions.

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BEHIND US: LISTENING

Vienna’s coffee culture can be seen, smelled, watched, enjoyed and experienced in the 360° panoramic views from the multitudinous dining area, located in between the flows from the different plazas. The daily visit to the canteen is stimulated by watching the passing of the four seasons, as well as different daytime and night scenes, which enhance the overall experience.

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BEYOND THE TEACHING CENTER: GLOBALIZE

We propose a densification of learning at different levels, either through horizontal spatial sequences (Patio plaza – Lounge – roofed urban platform – Food Court), or through a vertical spatial stratification (access staircase to the Departments building – corridors – atrium). The Department of Global Business and Trade effectively becomes the center of all activity in between the Library and Learning Center and the Teaching Center. The Center is here.

Image Courtesy © BOAnet.at

Through a simple language and complex spatial sequences, the Teaching Center at Vienna’s new Campus WU makes it possible to recognize the signs that encourage society to form by means of architecture. Here, places for leisure and recreation appear together with plazas that allow interactions between movements, events and spaces; or, in other words, connections between people, activities and architecture are conceived.

Image Courtesy © BOAnet.at

Image Courtesy © BOAnet.at

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