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Library and Learning Centre (LLC), University of Economics & Business, Vienna, Austria

Thursday 18 Dec 2008

Hadid and Schumacher: a force to reckon with

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06/01/09 Pascaris, Toronto
Like so much Architecture today, completely devoid of any intellectual merit. We would have been thrown out of school if we had tried to pass this off as architecture.I think (because earlier work suggested she has real talent) Ms Hadid is having a laugh at our expense.
06/01/09 Stanton Lee, chicago
While I did not take a look at the other entries, it was disappointing to see such a mundane and uninspired scheme selected. The forms do not hold together, there is little to be delighted by in the images, and the concepts are already tired and worn. These forms and shapes were tested as early as 1917 by Erich Mendelsohn, and further refined by Aalto in the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly this scheme is far less coherent than the works completed by those great architects of the past. I look forward to a time when juries can make intelligent choices, without bias and influence from an architectural press unable to honestly assess a submission.
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Hadid wins with design for Library and Learning Centre in Vienna 

Zaha Hadid Architects have fended off competition from international rival firms Morphosis, Studio Massimiliano Fuksas, Kada Wittfeld Studio and Prof. Hans Hollein to win the design competition for the University of Economics & Business's Library and Learning Centre (LLC) in Vienna.

A jury headed by Coop Himmelb(l)au's Wolf Prix chose the deconstructivist design by Hadid and her counterpart Patrik Schumacher, to take central place in the new campus masterplan designed by BUSarchitecture.

Described as a 'polygonal block' with 'both inclined and straight edges', ZHA's design statement for the LLC reads: "The straight lines of the building’s exterior separate as they move inward, becoming curvilinear and fluid, generating a free-formed interior canyon that serves as the central public plaza. All the other facilities of the LLC are housed within a single volume that also divides, becoming two separate ribbons that wind around each other to enclose this glazed gathering space."

The new 5-floor, 42,000 sq m LLC will house a learning centre as well as training rooms, admin offices, a library, clubroom, auditorium, book shop and ancillary service areas.

Cornelius Schlotthauer of Zaha Hadid Architects will see the project through to completion which is due by the end of 2012.

Niki May Young
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