montane university campus a study center with three auditoriums project at Franz&Sue, Leoben (Austria), realized
The second largest city in Styria owes a great deal to its university and is duly proud of the fact that 4000 students from all over the world receive their education right here in the center. Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben) is one of the international frontrunners in its field of research and education. In the future, a state-of-the-art university campus will be built on one of the last spatial reserves in the inner-city area, and as of now, the new study center marks the first building block in this project. Embedded in the historical Gründerzeit fabric in an attractive location nearby the Mur River, an iconic building has risen up, blending in naturally with its surroundings.
From the outside, the building initially appears quite simple. Four storeys, four bands of windows, everything clearly legible. The façade bands are layered in different thicknesses and nuances of color. A tribute to mining and sedimentation of rocks. Unpretentious, down-to-earth, high quality: The design of the new study center establishes a harmonious dialogue with the existing Gründerzeit building and forms a coherent ensemble.