architektur.aktuell 1-2/2014 – Campus

Campus

BUSarchitektur, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, CRABstudio, Estudio Carme Pinós, NO.MAD Arquitectos, Zaha Hadid Architects - Campus of Vienna's University of Economics and Business

Text: Matthias Boeckl - The City in the city

The new campus of Vienna’s Wirtschaftsuniversität (University of Economics and Business, generally known as the WU), which caters for 24 000 students, was built within the space of just a few years. A manifesto of a cosmopolitan building ethos and an urbane openness. (...)

Interview Wolf D. Prix - Coop Himmelb(l)au

Questions: Cordula Rau, Matthias Boeckl - Architecture and the Future

Wolf D. Prix is a cofounder of the architects cooperative Coop Himmelb(l)au, which achieved fame as an important representative of deconstructivism. As a master in implementing radical architecture, since its foundation this office has succeeded repeatedly in carrying out exceptional projects, not only in Europe but also in Asia and the USA. Wolf D. Prix himself enjoys an international reputation and holds professorships in Austria and abroad. As the head of the competition jury for the new WU (Business University) campus in Vienna he speaks of a “university as a living space for knowledge. These spaces are not cut off but are connected by flowing public space. The synergetic connection of private and public – strategically shaped – allows a new interpretation of urban space.” In his studio in Vienna we spoke to him about the campus, architecture and the future. (...)

Dietmar Feichtinger - Université de Provence à Aix-en-Provence

Text: Dominique Boudet - Nature instead of Technology

A major gesture is not always needed. In further developing a campus that dates originally from the 1960s Dietmar Feichtinger shows that added value can be better achieved through restraint, carefully positioned cubes, and subtle facade rhythms than by the use of showy sculptural symbols. (...)

 

Projects

Lacaton & Vassal - FRAC Dunkerque

Text: Dominique Boudet - More than was asked for

Lacaton & Vassal are used to delivering more than the client asks for: more space but lower costs, more flexibility, fewer predetermined aspects and – last but not least – a greater amount of air, light and space. In a museum designed around an industrial monument they celebrate their passionate commitment to consistently delivering an additional value. (...)

JW_a Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner - Student residence MILESTONE in Vienna

Text: Franziska Leeb - Student digs 2.0

The location could hardly be more ideal for a student residence: the new campus of the WU (University of Economics and Business) and the recreation and leisure facilities of the Prater are close by, and there is a metro station almost in front of the entrance which provides a connection to the other important university locations in just a few minutes. (...)