zaha hadid: library and learning center in vienna opens
zaha hadid: library and learning center in vienna opens zaha hadid: library and learning center in vienna opens
oct 08, 2013

zaha hadid: library and learning center in vienna opens

zaha hadid: library and learning center in vienna opens
image © rieder smart elements
all images courtesy of rieder smart elements




the first photographs of zaha hadid’s new ‘library and learning center’ at the vienna university of economics and business have been submitted to us by austrian material specialist rieder smart elements, whose façade panels feature on the 28,000-square-metre building. the centre is one of seven buildings that make up the new campus and is set to accommodate 24,000 students and 1800 staff. a distinctive design component is a large black volume that is perched over the roof, cantilevering out across a public square over the main entrance. this structure houses the main library, as well as function rooms and an elevated cafe – it is clad externally in fibreC glass fibre-reinforced concrete panels from rieder. in contrast, the rest of the building is finished in white fibreC panels that hold the non-public areas, including classrooms, an auditorium, work spaces and offices. the curved concrete panels help to accentuate the smooth form.


see designboom’s previous coverage of zaha hadid’s new ‘library and learning center’ during its initial concept phase and construction.



a large black volume cantilevers across a public square over the center’s main entrance
image © rieder smart elements



side view of the cantilevered structure that houses the main library
image © rieder smart elements



the curving façade was designed uniquely for the new university building in vienna
image © rieder smart elements



view looking towards the surrounding landscape
image © rieder smart elements



view of the smooth curving façade
image © rieder smart elements



white fibreC panels accommodate the non-public areas, including classrooms, an auditorium, work spaces and offices
image © rieder smart elements



detail view of the exterior façade
image © rieder smart elements



detail of the fibreC panels
image © rieder smart elements



project info:


location: vienna, austria
time period: 2008 – 2012
program: university of economics and business, vienna
size: 28000m2
gross area: 42000 m²
length: 136m
width: 76m
height: 30m (5 floors)



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Am I the only one who is creeped out by her designs?

    jerry veverka says:
  • It looks beautiful from the outside. But going inside and looking at all the corners and niches you’ll see lots of unresolved parts and pretty badly executed concrete work. Unfortunately after only 3 weeks in use the walls next to the ramps and stairs are looking well used and dirty. Better not looking to close at it.

    Maren says:
  • 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”.

    andres says:

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