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The interior of the LLC is bursting with light at any time of the day, either from the myriad skylights or the brilliance of the curving and liquid white panels that run along the walls. Windows and supports also follow the building's lines, adding an engrossing complexity to any view.

An unimaginable amount of effort went into swathing the building in this durable, waterproof, and sustainable material. Panels of all sizes, shapes, angles, and curves were fabricated to fit the largest areas and the smallest inlays. “This project is unique because it was realized in our home country,” says Stephanie Jung, a representative from Austria-based Rieder. “We have contributed to a lot of exciting projects all around the world, and now there is a very special project in Vienna that we are very proud of.”

From any viewpoint, the exterior of the building is a symphony of geometry and fiberglass-reinforced concrete. The sloped façades reach angles of up to 35 degrees, highlighting steel and glass lines that curve and reconvene in ways that give the entire structure the illusion of constant motion.

A stunning design deserves a cutting-edge building material, and thanks to Rieder Smart Elements, Zaha Hadid's vision was realized using fibreC, a lightweight, ultra-thin, and moldable fiberglass-reinforced concrete that serves as a shell for much of the LLC's exterior surfaces.

 

Brilliance and Contour

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

By Brandon Goei
Photographs by Iwan Baan

University campuses are a breeding ground for interesting architecture all over the world. As centers of education, the focus often is on breathtaking and inspirational designs. Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with its aggressively leaning lines and pristine surfaces, has no problem filling that role.

The LLC, located in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt district, is a monument to balance and flow. The structure itself is comprised of two differently colored sections, with a light-colored portion seemingly folding underneath a dark-colored top layer, which creates one of the building’s most striking features—a hulking cantilevered study area and observation window.

With an interior that features multitudes of pathways between sections and floors for regulating the circulation of visitors and library materials, and a fittingly striking appearance, there is no shortage of metaphor for this, the polygonal heart of the campus.

Mega Material

The interior of the LLC is bursting with light at any time of the day, either from the myriad skylights or the brilliance of the curving and liquid white panels that run along the walls. Windows and supports also follow the building's lines, adding an engrossing complexity to any view.

An unimaginable amount of effort went into swathing the building in this durable, waterproof, and sustainable material. Panels of all sizes, shapes, angles, and curves were fabricated to fit the largest areas and the smallest inlays. “This project is unique because it was realized in our home country,” says Stephanie Jung, a representative from Austria-based Rieder. “We have contributed to a lot of exciting projects all around the world, and now there is a very special project in Vienna that we are very proud of.”

From any viewpoint, the exterior of the building is a symphony of geometry and fiberglass-reinforced concrete. The sloped façades reach angles of up to 35 degrees, highlighting steel and glass lines that curve and reconvene in ways that give the entire structure the illusion of constant motion.

A stunning design deserves a cutting-edge building material, and thanks to Rieder Smart Elements, Zaha Hadid's vision was realized using fibreC, a lightweight, ultra-thin, and moldable fiberglass-reinforced concrete that serves as a shell for much of the LLC's exterior surfaces. An unimaginable amount of effort went into swathing the building in this durable, waterproof, and sustainable material. Panels of all sizes, shapes, angles and curves were fabricated to fit the largest areas and the smallest inlays. "This project is unique because it was realized in our home country," says Stephanie Jung, a representative from Austria-based Rieder. "We have contributed a lot of exciting projects all around the world, and now there is a very special project in Vienna that we are very proud of."

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