Gangoly & Kristiner Architects refurbished the 1970’s lecture hall building of the Montan Univerity Leoben in Austria.
In addition to an energy refit, the upgrading of the whole building technology and adaption to suit the needs of the physically disadvantaged the building’s range of functions was extended.
An elevated structure was placed in front of the existing building to both clear the urban situation and to enlarge the existing foyer. The foyer now ensures that lectures can be held at the same time as conferences, that parties –both official and student – can take place at the campus and that students find an informal meeting and working place. The capacity of the lecture halls has been expanded and additional seminar rooms have been placed in the structure.
The design is equally concerned with preserving the historic core of the building and with giving it a contemporary appearance. The existing orthogonal arrangement has been elaborated and transformed into the new-built structure. The distinct color scheme strengthens the impression of a functionalist design.
Photos by Paul Ott