No, it’s not a spaceship. It’s the Vienna university of economics and business. The brand new campus located right next to the famous amusement park “Wurschtelprater” consists of six building complexes, each of them created by another architect.
Although these buildings fulfill all the demanded requirements, such as barrier-free accessibility, natural light in every room, or following the principles of “green building”, they couldn’t differ more from each other in terms of appearance.
The dark cubes of the Executive Academy (No.Mad Arquitectos, Madrid), the – by purpose – completely rusty cladding of the Teaching Center (BUSarchitektur ZT GmbH, Vienna), or the puzzle-look-a-like department building (Estudio Carme Pinós, Barcelona) will delight everybody interested in modern architecture. However, the undisputed highlight is the central Library & Learning Center, designed by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the first female who received the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
You can access the building without any problems. Tourists and visitors are welcome. Go up with the elevator and experience the neo-futuristic impressions from above. Only the big library hall is unfortunately not accessible, except when you are a student of the WU.
Nonetheless the accessible parts are anyway worth coming for. You will feel like you’re in the year 2200 and if you are brave, whisper “Beam me up, Scotty“, but be prepared. There are some rumours going on that people doing so suddenly vanished and so far have never returned…
P.S. If you don’t come from the Wurschtelprater, the easiest way to get there is via Metro-Line U2 (Station Krieau)