Riepl Kaufmann Bammer Architektur
Renovation University of Applied Arts Vienna
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The Wörle-Schwanzer wing of the University of Applied Arts in the 1st district of Vienna was relieved of retrospectively added internal fixtures and returned to its original underlying structure. The key defining elements – the reinforced concrete rib ceiling as well as the serial reinforced concrete supports – were exposed. The intention was to create robust lofts for flexible use. A structured set of fixtures allowed for the customised adaptation of individual floors according to requirements and will also in future provide for great flexibility in use. Open and closed room zones, transparent and opaque, alternate. This creates intriguing room sequences. Interior fittings and building services installations have been completely renewed. The pale industrial floor helps with bringing lighting into the depths of the interior and accentuates its loft character. A floating, perforated ceiling of expanded metal in the central area diffuses the light of the luminaires above, reduces the visibility of the installations and has a positive effect on the room acoustics thanks to the sound insulation behind it. Linear lighting emphasises the ribbed ceiling with the help of an indirect light component and provides high-quality and even illumination. Glazed longitudinal walls create a generous sense of space. Opaque transverse walls of bright, perforated metal with acoustic inlays separate the individual rooms.