Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

BUSarchitectur designed a new academic building, located at the north-east side of the campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with the purpose to create a venue suitable for both learning and networking.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The building features a refreshing  playfulness in addition to spatial spontaneity while being extremely efficient. These design qualities originate to the building’s aim to be used as a multipurpose ideas platform that promotes communication and social interaction as it provides the necessary facilities to undertake classes in addition to further academic activities.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The Teaching Center is located in front of the Forum Plaza, presenting a bold, sculptural structure, an asymmetric façade with strong materiality references.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The building is formed by irregular shaped blocks that create a periphery around the central plaza, with the intention to formulate a place of communication and interaction.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The complex is created by a sequence of spaces that connect different areas, introducing visual interaction between internal and external territories and the spatial distinction between the social and private. The Teaching centre through its open transition zones aims to bring together both students and professors while it generates a welcoming and relaxed feeling.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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In that way, the architects reinvented the concept of the campus as a place suitable not only for learning but as a social hub, a focal place for networking and discovery.

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The façade features a skin of weathered steel that is broken up by layers of recessed windows while the same material fabric is presented to the interior in auditorium spaces, creating a visual and experiential coherence in addition to highly atmospheric feel.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The building accommodates all of the university’s lecture theatres as well as a set of communal areas and spaces for retreat.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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The interior of the teaching centre exhibits a diverse set of rooms and ambiances; bright open spaces with a touch of colour offer well-balanced illumination for students to study, while other rooms such as the student refectory, propose more relaxed, low light areas appropriate for reflection and leisure.

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The centre’s lecture theaters demonstrate a rich atmosphere, that derives from the combination of materials such as  the rusty, weathered steel and wood in addition to the well-appointed lighting that generates the prefect setting to aid concentration.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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On the whole, BUSarchitectur created a contemporary Teaching Center that encourages curiosity in the everyday routine of those who teach as well as those who learn, becoming a place where moving about and getting on stage does not lead to experiencing spatial boundaries by instead giving free reign to the imagination.

Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Teaching Center in WU Campus by BUSarchitektur

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Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 


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