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Campus WU in Vienna, Austria by BUSarchitektur

Campus WU in Vienna, Austria by BUSarchitektur

Article source: BUSarchitektur


With its present roster of some 23, 000 students, the Vienna University of Economics and Business is practically bursting at the seams, which does not make it easy to study, work or carry out research. That will change in 2013. There will be space for every student, every professor and every single faculty member. There will be space for communicating, for discussing, for exchanging ideas, for studying, for teaching, for researching, for discovering and relaxing.

  • Architects: BUSarchitektur
  • Project: Campus WU
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Start of the construction works: 2009
  • Project completion: 2013
  • Usable area: 100.000 m2
  • Total cost: 492.0 Mio €
  • PROJECT Management: ARGE PS WU Neubau, Drees&Sommer, DELTA
  • CONCOMITANT CONTROL: FCP – Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH
  • EXECUTIVE GLOBAL PROJECT: ARGE Campus WU, BUSarchitektur, Vasko + Partner Ingenieure
  • LOCAL CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION: ARGE ÖBA Campus WU, InGenos.Gobiet.ZT GmbH, iC consulenten

The new 91, 000m2 location in-between the Vienna Fair and Prater Park provides more space plus the opportunity to set up a campus with multiple buildings. It is easily reachable via public transport and has direct access to the recreational area of the Prater Park. A great place is starting life in superb surroundings.

The organizational concept of the Vienna University of Economics and Business places its focus on the departments. Each of these departments is to be characterised by a main entrance area capable of providing personal assistance. While there need to be contact zones for conferences and discussions, there should also be opportunities for retreating, especially for academic staff. An ideal research setting comes into being.

The Library and Learning Center (LC) is to interlink referencing and reading facilities, thus facilitating all aspects of studying in all its functions. A university without books, without a traditional library, is inconceivable; at the same time a university without the latest technology cannot be state-of-the-art. Both of these meet and complement one another ideally in the LC, which stays open for students and employees 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Optimum working conditions are formed.

Universities need lecture halls, not large ones, but rather small and medium-sized ones that make it possible to cultivate a good communication style. Break-out zones are also essential to enable small groups to work separately before rejoining the main gathering. An ideal place for studying is created.

The Aula represents the centre of communication that stimulates student life. The university, however, must also connect with its surroundings and with society. It is a social space where people meet, communicate, study, work and even relax. Attractions on site and outside routine university operations guarantee urban life on campus, thereby enabling an artistic and intellectual centre to evolve for political debate and cultural events – and at a reasonable price. A new interactivity space is forged.

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