Extension of the Ars Electronica Center
eu-wide competition 1st price, 2006
general planning assignment
architecture: TREUSCH architecture ZT GMBH
general-planning: TREUSCH architecture ZT GMBH
statics: FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH
building services engineering: TB ZFG Projekt GmbH
construction physics: ZT Pfeiler GmbH
Commencment of planning: 2006
Commencment of work: March 2007
Completition planned for December 2008
land area 4.227m²
building area 3.336m²
drawing space 5.074m²
gross floor space 10.557m²
gross volume 57.159m
1. main- and supply building with several stories, conterminous to the existing AEC
2. exhibition space in the basement with a place lying upon - main deck
3. future lab with upper deck
The leading idea of the design is to create a sculptural building, whose structure is accessible and therefore easy to experience. The Ars Electronica Center and the extension will be linked to one unit and perceived as a whole. In its neighbourhood the crystalline shape forms a homogeneous ensemble and a landmark.
The urbanistic concept is based on on the prinziple of a dialogue with its surrounding. In consideration of urbanistic important conditions, like the preservation of the wide view over the Danube as well as the conservation of the historical ensembles, an attractive ambience will be generated.
A construction consisting of steel and glass connects the existing Ars Electronica Center with the main and supply building. The partly transparent and partly translucent glass surfaces can be illuminated from behind. During the day, skylight windows, which can be opened, serve as a natural ventilation for the offices lying behind. The cube, composed of a double shell facade, can be used optional as a projection screen. Using the projection on the usable cladding at night, a transparent light sculpture with a high identifying feature emerges. Furthermore the facade can be populated with LED and LCD screens, whereby an additional information and announcement effect will be generated.