Movie: Library and Learning Centre
in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid's Library and Learning Centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business opens today and this animation by London visualisation firm Neutral gives a tour of the building.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

Located in Vienna's second district, the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) is the largest University focusing on business and economics in Europe, and the new site will accommodate 23,000 students and 1,500 staff.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

Open 24 hours a day, the Library and Learning Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects is one of seven buildings that make up the new campus.

The 28,000-square-metre building houses a library, auditorium, workspaces, classrooms, offices, learning support services, book shop, event spaces and cafe.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

The animation by Neutral first shows how the volumes of the design are generated, then begins a tour through the spaces.

"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," said the architects.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

"All the other facilities are housed within a since column that also divides, becoming two separate ribbons that wind around each other to enclose this glazed gathering space."

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

"Searching for a balance between abstract, conceptual narrative and much-expected photorealism, we blend soundscapes with evocative camera movements and traces of inhabitation - revealing time-based architectural design ideas which otherwise wouldn't be apparent," Christian Grou of Neutral told Dezeen.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the building in 2008 - read more in our earlier story.

We've also recently published photos of Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, nearing completion, and the firm's extension to the Serpentine Gallery in London.

See all our stories about Zaha Hadid »
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Still visualisations are by Vectorvision.

  • ws

    That plaza is so brutal.

  • Aditya

    It’s new, but why does it look so … same old Zaha Hadid?

  • dhruv

    So freaking disorienting.

  • Chris MacDonald

    I much prefer it when ZHA keeps some rhythm of straight lines, interspersed with flowing curves rather than those weird, amorphous blobs they usually create.

  • JMA

    Great building, poor animation.

  • Byron

    This is what happens when you have simpler forms than the ZHA designers are used to, and they attempt to marry the same language that works well with amorphous blobs or “bendy” architecture with angular “Libeskind” forms. A different, formal typology requires a different ornamentation approach. The building feels way too over-designed and forced.

  • Hilarious

    You don’t want to be a) drunk, b) hungover or c) suffer from vertigo, in this building. This may pose a huge problem for the student users.

  • cca

    That is sorta like saying, what does Frank Lloyd Writes houses all look similar. She is a designer with a style. Architecture is not like product design.

    • Aditya

      Im no architect/designer/creative, but that is just a scary looking building.

      It says ‘I’m a Zaha Hadid building’ first. Everything else later maybe. Maybe this is the difference between a product designer and an architect.

  • Antoine

    The thing with these architects is that they get into certain style and cant get out. OK we all like her design, but, more of the same? I thought I was MAXXI in Rome for a second.

  • Paul

    I hate those extremely distorted perspective views.

  • olf

    I have been there and inside with a big time hangover and can confirm that it is dizzyfying :) Nonetheless, a great building – I couldn’t find the way to the upper floors though.