WU Vienna – day visit

Date & Time:4th May 2017

The Vienna University of Economics and Business, Welthandelsplatz 1 1, 1020 Wien

A joint Higher Education Design Quality Forum and Association of University Directors of Estates venture to the striking new Campus WU.  

This was a fantastic opportunity to join fellow members of AUDE and the HEDQF to visit the new WU campus which represents an important step in the University’s development. The trip included a guided tour and presentations by the Vice Rector and Head of Campus and Facilities Management on how the campus aligns with the university’s vision for education and the practical issues of the project.


Close to the Prater public park, and next to the exhibition centre of Vienna, the campus features six main building complexes resting on approximately ten hectares. The master plan was created by BUSarchitektur under the guidance of the architect Laura Spinadel. The buildings were designed by architectural firms from Spain, the UK, Germany, Japan and Austria. The dominant element of the campus is the Library and Learning Centre, by the late Zaha Hadid. ‘The WU Campus is a special place for research and education with a unique atmosphere. This exceptionality shall be reflected in the countenance of its architecture. The university complex shall be a landmark radiating beyond the city limits. Its architecture shall be conceived as a subject of fascination’ – from the project brief