The campus comprises six buildings that were conceived to facilitate interaction among students and faculty and to support research by creating different study environments. Although each building has its own personality and design, the combination of the different building creates a unique and striking atmosphere. The campus helps cement the university a center of research, education and collaboration.
LC Library & Learning Center
The LC is the heart of the campus, and its location and design stress the role of the university as a center of research, education and colaboration. The building's massive exterior is furrowed with narrow, canyon-like divisions and is made up of two sections. Once inside, the Forum and the entryway are made to feel like extensions of the square outside. The building hosts the library, self-study zones and ceremonial halls. The top two floors are dedicated entirely to the library where the wide, glass-fronted student work areas offer a breathtaking view of Prater Park.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects, Hamburg
TC Teaching Center and D1 Departments
This impressive building contains the TC Teaching Center, the D1 Departments and the campus cafeteria. The façade is made of weathering steel, forming a red colored patina which changes color according to the exposure to natural light. The building hosts various auditoriums, equipped with state-of-the-art learning technologies, and offers teaching and learning space for up to 5,000 students simultaneously. Through the atrium, students can access a café and the self-study areas, arranged in a spiral pattern around the atrium. Project rooms encourage communication and group work, and a mix of quiet areas and open spaces, connected by ramps and staircases, provide a dynamic atmosphere.
Architect: BUSarchitektur ZT GmbH, Vienna
D2 Departments and SC Student Center
The D2/SC complex is made up of two elongated, slender sections covered by a façade consisting of thin, overlapping layers. The façade's design was inspired by a French Millefeuille pastry, and gives the impression of permeability and closeness while providing privacy and dynamic perspectives. Small spaces between the building segments are ideal for meeting up and chatting, and serve as forecourts for the individual Departments. Most of the seminar and project rooms are located on the ground floor to allow for a heightend level of interaction between teachers and students. The distance between the two building segments is calculated to provide the most possible natural daylight inside the buildings.
Architect: Atelier Hitoshe Abe, Sendai/Los Angeles
D3 Departments and AD Administration
The D3/AD complex consists of two parts and it borders the Prater Park. The building includes numerous passages, niches, terraces, atriums, and open spaces. The upper levels are characterized by the colored bands of the striped façade. The building is as colorful on the inside as it is on the outside: the yellow of the window frames is reflected in bright wall-mounted accents, harmonizing with the building's hardwood floors. Untreated silver fir planks are mounted horizontally and vertically on the façades of both buildings, giving them a lively structure. They also provide sun protection and are a visual reference to the trees of the neighboring Prater Park.
Architect: Sir Peter Cook and CRAB studio, London
The D4 geometric façade features a playful arrangement of parallelograms with dynamically placed windows, also based on a pattern of intersecting parallelograms. Folding aluminum shutters provide protection from direct sun and give the façade an ever-changing appearance. While spacious and rambling, the building has a well-defined central point, from which various connections branch off. The entry area is the main hub for accessing the offices, the café, and the Library for Social Sciences, located on the ground floor of the building. The interior design is based on the same parallelogram pattern as the façade, creating hallways, additional functional areas, and storage space.
Architect: Estudio Carme Pinós S. L, Barcelona
EA WU Executive Academy
The EA building is a compact seven story tower based on a mono-material design principle. The outer façade is made of glass and aluminum. Different degrees of transparency, from opaque to completely translucent, reflect the sky and the surrounding greenery, integrating the building perfectly into its environment. The pattern of the windows appears random, but actually follows a specific algorithm. The overall mono-material concept based on aluminum and glass is carried over into the interior of the EA building. Floors, wall paneling, and lighting elements throughout the building reflect this uniform design. Contrasting accents provided by additional materials, colors, and design elements highlight only a few selected areas. Untreated, seamless surfaces, such as polished concrete floors and raw cement walls, characterize the interior, while carpets and curtains provide warm accents in the office, teaching, lounge, and waiting areas. Heavy curtains are used for noise reduction.
Architects: NO.MAD Arquitectos, Madrid