Campus WU, Executive Academy, Vienna, Austria
NO.MAD Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain
Croce & WIR Fotostudio, Graz / Erwin Rachbauer, Linz
The Executive Academy on the western entrance to the facilities is considered the campus’ front building. It is a compact 7-storey tower, following the mono-material design principle. The outer facade is built from glass and aluminium with an appearance that graduates from opaque to transparently translucent. From the upper storeys you have a spectacular view over Vienna’s city centre and the nearby Prater amusement park. The windows seem to be arranged in random order, but actually follow a specific algorithm.
The aluminium-metallised “Protect” curtain fabric with its cool look was used here from floor to ceiling. It acts as a calm counterpart to the dynamically arranged windows without hiding them, while offering optimum glare protection. In the auditorium, the curtains form a second level, creating a special interplay of light and shadow.