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The Center for Technology and Design is a project for an educational institution that combines continuing education for technical professions with university-level design and engineering programs of study.
Aside from creating a contemporary working atmosphere, the focus here above all is on a high degree of interdisciplinarity. Accordingly, the architectural concept is centered on the communication between different types of users.A common lobby connects all floors and public areas such as the auditorium, break and presentation areas.The lobby opens to an inner courtyard which unfolds a large plaza between the new building and the existing WIFI main building. It functions as a central meeting area that facilitates interesting opportunities of exchange.
Great emphasis was placed on an engaging mix of workshops, spaces of study and seminar rooms so that theory and practice may spontaneously mingle.
The second defining aspect of the project is to make form and function visible from inside and outside the building. The competition jury statement says that “the proposal promises a technological dress in design perfection.”
The special character is defined by distinctive V-shaped columns.
Fully exposing the construction and MEP facilities and doing without any cladding or opaque building skin not only suggests clarity and transparency, but also provides a literal object lesson for the prospective technicians and designers that will be working here.
Reduction to essentials—this principle also informed the choice of materials employed. A thermal skin of glass provides for maximum transparency, while concrete as the primary structural construction material responds to the neighboring WIFI main building, a heritage-protected exposed-concrete construction by Karl Schwanzer.
Typology: Center for Technology and Design
Project Collaborators: Johannes Windbichler, Amir Aman, Isabel Espinoza Tratter, Johann Wittenberger, Christian Zotz, Martin Brandt, Ondrej Stehlik, András Nagy, Ana Pia Ranz, Zuzana Tomanova, Cassandra Guimaraes, David Kovarik, Isabelle Misamer
Location: St. Pölten, Lower Austria
Building Gross area: 14.131m²
Competition project: 10.2011
Construction period: 12.2012/09.2014
Client: Gebäudeerrichtungs- und Betriebsgesellschaft mbH St. Pölten
Project engineers: HKLS (Haustechnikplanung): ALTHERM Engineering GmbH
Elektroplanung: Kubik Project Ges.m.b.H. Bauphysik und Brandschutz: DI Röhrer Statik: FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH
General planning: ARGE AllesWirdGut FCP
Photography: © AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa