Library and Learning Centre in Vienna
by Zaha Hadid Architects

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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.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

The library and learning centre is one of seven buildings that make up a new campus at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), designed to accommodate 24,000 students and 1800 staff.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

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.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

This structure houses the main library, as well as function rooms and an elevated cafe, and is clad externally in Rieder glass fibre-reinforced concrete panels.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

To contrast, the rest of the building is finished in white panels and accommodates the non-public areas, including classrooms, an auditorium, workspaces and offices.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

The facade is inclined at an angle of 35 degrees, allowing floorplates to increase in size towards the top of the building.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects won a competition to design the library and learning centre in 2008. We recently featured an animation by London visualisation firm Neutral giving a tour of the building.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

The architect has also recently completed the Innovation Tower at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and is finishing off an undulating cultural centre in Azerbaijan.

Library and Learning Centre in Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Photography is courtesy of Rieder.

  • JMA

    Great interior shots.

  • Jonas Hjortshøj

    I appreciate the detailing but is this really a space which is comfortable to be inside? It seems very sterile and spaceship like.

  • DaBronxY

    How much to do those exterior corners?

  • JayCee

    The facades seem to be simply an excercise in wallpaper with whizzy graphic lines, with no real function or reason. Well-detailed cladding but architecturally weak.

  • crissonews

    Awful architecture, what a waste of material… just awful. Hopefully this kind of architecture will be soon an example of a junk-architecture, which shows the crude, senseless, dissipative taste of the cold war-generation.

    Hopefully it will become the past, a past where architects were suffering emptiness, showing their emptiness (to not say stupidity) by their ignorance about where the material comes from, and how contaminating this junk is, which they call architecture!

  • LutherBlissett

    Cold as hell, or good set for the remake of “the cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

  • El Jiji

    A bit tough there, especially given the fact that this is one of the better ZHA projects. I’m a Zaha hater myself usually, but this I find in certain aspects attractive.

  • Paul Razzell

    It looks like a spaceship.

  • Yk

    Beautiful on the inside…

  • Rae Claire

    Exterior reminds me of the 1895 Montparnasse train “wreck” for some reason.

  • Scott Valentine

    I’m actually impressed. The photos make it look great. Having a very foreign element in what is a very regimented city plan and context really works in favour of this building. I’ve grown to be a hater, but I like this.

  • Bassel

    Obviously Zaha’s buildings are executed much better in Europe.

  • Darryle

    Wa Wa Wubzy!

  • Zaha Humbug

    “Excuse me; but where do I find the books?”

  • andrés camilo

    I was there, the building looks great in pictures, and its definitely a “great artwork”. However it does not integrate well with the context and its extremely artificial. Many people say that it looks like a spaceship. I agree with that. The building has some futuristic pretentiousness that does not fit at all with our “humble reality”.

    As many people already noted, it is sterile and inhuman. Is much more like a set for a blade runner than a building to be enjoyed.

    • http://photoblogotg.blogspot.com/ Photoblogger On the Go

      And I wonder who needs such a huge library in this information age.