IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna


Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

Lecture The Making of...Louvre Abu Dhabi, November 10, 6.30pm

The Making of - Lecture Series

This is a new lecture series that delves into the planning and construction processes of outstanding architecture and looks at the topic from a technical point of view. It provides a forum for experts who are – often little-noticed by the architecture discourse – working behind the scenes but play a key role for the implementation of innovative architecture.

While the making of cinema blockbusters is well established as a film genre of its own, one hardly learns anything about the genesis of great buildings. Usually in lectures about architecture only the beginning and the end of the design and construction processes are presented: the key design ideas and the completed, impeccably photographed building. In the lecture series The Making of special attention is being paid to the intermediate process. It addresses the challenges of architecture production, trials and errors, research and technical progress.

The Making of
Louvre Abu Dhabi,
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
November 10th, 2016, 6:30pm, Seminarraum 3
Main building, top floor, Stubenring 3, 1010 Wien

Despite its seemingly simple geometry the vast dome of the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is a very complex structure. It consists of a steel space frame which rests on only four supports and thus creates the impression of hovering weightlessly above some irregularly arranged white cubes. A multilayer cladding of aluminium bands masks the dome’s steel structure and modulates the light and temperature conditions of the space underneath. Jean Nouvel’s purpose was to create a ‘rain of light’ as he called it, reminiscent of Mashrabiya and the specific atmosphere of Arabian souks. Büro Happold developed the structural concept of the steel space frame, the Austrian steel construction firm Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG was commissioned with the calculation and construction of the steel dome.

Goswin Rothenthal, an architect, façade engineer and software developer at Waagner-Biro will talk about his contribution to the project. After having worked on extraordinary architecture at Zaha Hadid for six years he wanted to know how a specialist contractor actually deals with complex projects, so he joined Waagner-Biro Stahlbau. His objective was to turn the architectural idea into a feasible structure while staying true to the design intent. For the cladding of the dome more than 450,000 individual cutting and drilling patterns of custom aluminum extrusions had to be described and automated. He organized an integrated work flow in a single parametric model, from the main geometry to the manufacturing data, coordination and logistics on site.
Introduction by Dr. Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts


Reiner Zettl

Reiner Zettl

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the untimely death of our highly esteemed colleague Reiner Zettl. Following a serious illness he passed away peacefully on Sunday.

Reiner had decisively shaped the development of the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna since 1990. His greatest passion was working with and supporting students with whom he shared his rich knowledge and expertise. Traces of his influence – his great enthusiasm and uncompromising commitment - could be found in their later work.

Reiner Zettl will be remembered as an exemplary colleague, respected by us all for the love and passion he showed in his work at our institute and at the university. We mourn his passing with great gratitude and appreciation.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his life partner and his family.

Klaus Bollinger, Gerald Bast and the Institute of Architecture


Book launch "Studio Prix at the University of Applied Arts Vienna 1990-2011“

Book launch "Studio Prix at the University of Applied Arts Vienna 1990-2011“

BOOK LAUNCH "Studio Prix at the University of Applied Arts Vienna 1990-2011“
Date: October 11, 2016, 8 pm
Venue: OFF IS, Traungasse 12, 1030 Vienna

Wolf D. Prix, founder of Coop Himmelb(l)au was more than 20 years head of Studio Prix at the Angewandte in Vienna. His architectural visions shaped the studio with radical concepts, high profile strategies and right from the beginning enabled students to develop projects for the world of the future. 
Studio Prix was a creative cluster with intense teaching. This publication contains a selection of projects and diploma works of students as well as statements of international friends like Hitoshi Abe, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Klaus Bollinger, Chris Bangle, Aaron Betsky, Mario Coyula-Cowley, Gregor Eichinger, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Catherine Ingraham, Bettina Götz, Lars Lerup, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Peter Noever, Carl Pruscha, Hani Rashid, Michael Rotondi, Patrik Schumacher, Peter Sellars, Lebbeus Woods as well as teaching staff and theoreticians such as Günther Feuerstein, Sanford Kwinter, Hans Ulrich Reck and Christian Reder.


Studio Hani Rashid in Beijing

Studio Hani Rashid in Beijing

Studio Hani Rashid's exhibition "Antarctica Re_Cyclical" is part of the 4th Art & Science International Exhibition "Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci" at the Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing 
September 11, 2016 - March 19, 2017


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