“Austrian architect Wolfgang Tschapeller has won a competition to overhaul the University of Applied Arts Vienna with proposals that include facade-climbing staircases and giant balloons.
The architect plans to demolish an existing link building, allowing room for all staircases and elevators of the main university block to be relocated onto its exterior beneath an undulating blanket of glass. This will create larger floorplates within the building for studios, as well as extended areas for lecture halls, workshops and storage spaces. An internal plaza will also be enclosed behind the extruded facade, while gardens will bridge the spaces between this block and its neighbour.
Two large pneumatic balloons are to be positioned on the roof and will be inflated to signify special events or occasions.” Via Dezeen magazine
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