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description university library, restoration and extension, competition entry, 2nd price
category Public
location Graz, Austria
built area 13.400 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, George Kourakos, Johannes Linhart, Klelia Siska


Taras Diachun

client BIG
design year 2015
completion year

With a ‘floating’ extension the relation between the University of Graz historic Library and the campus is redefined. Located at the intersection of four major anchors, the scheme becomes a dynamic crossroad framed by two public axes: the ‘Neue Universitäts Strasse’ on the north, as a linear, car-free axis, and the ‘Nexus’ on the south transforming a backyard into the University’s hub. The scheme unveils the 1890’s neoclassical library building -subject to subsequent interventions over the years- and reorganises programmes into a cohesive, flexible, user friendly whole. The new building connects on ground level the main programmes -a multipurpose auditorium; the library entrance, the university archive, the student service centre while in their in-between, flexible spaces of over 1.000m² accommodate exhibition and lounge zones.

At the core remains the neoclassical library building with its restored two-storey organization and spatial logic. It is accessed at the piano nobile in its historic configuration. The vertical circulation accommodated in the book-lined wings leads to the new library level. At +7.30m above ground, in projection of the building’s neoclassical terraces, the generous double-height spaces form a unique reading and working landscape. Meandering unobstructed through the old and new, the user’s perception counterbalances between internalised façades and panoramic views of the outdoors.

The forth façade of the building, its roofscape, is a translucent roof membrane construction that refers to the glass roof of the existing main reading room, converses with the context and regulates the natural daylight.

The sustainable use of materials, energy resources, mechanical systems and waste management ensures building sustainability and a minimal ecological footprint.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece