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LLC Library & Learning Center, University Vienna wins RIBA European Award

The Library and Learning Centre (LLC) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) European Award.

The LLC faces the main plaza of the WU campus and serves as the university’s meeting point and gathering space. The new campus is designed to accommodate 25,000 students and 1,500 teachers, researchers and administrative staff.

The RIBA Award citation said:

If a newly created university campus requires a major gesture to put it firmly on the map, then Zaha Hadid Architects’ Library and Learning Centre for the Vienna University of Economics and Business delivers it with massive self-assurance – a true ‘icon’ for the new campus. The building fulfils a far more relevant and important purpose as a readily visible and usable resource for the new site and the popularity of the building with students and other users as a place for study is clearly evident.

RIBA 2014 Awards

 WU Vienna website