The refurbishment of the Faculties of Architecture and Civil Engineering buildings at the University of Innsbruck externalises the differences between the disciplines and the characteristics of the teaching approaches. While the engineering tower offers a precise, identical yet flexible set of spaces for around 30 separate institutes, the architecture building – in which only five institutes are located – is a hybrid: an open plan building that looks like a laboratory cube. This open construction allows the glass façade to become a display and learning object, which the students themselves can further develop with their own work.
The design team from ATP sphere and ATP Architects and Engineers, Innsbruck wanted to create space for students to come together in the form of a central shared circulation area and central atrium (amphitheatre).
Guardian SunGuard® Solar Light Blue 52 coated glass plays a crucial role in helping to reduce both the glare from the sun and the demands on the building’s air conditioning, as well as helping to improve control of temperatures inside the building. The inner pane of the glazing is coated with Guardian ClimaGuard® 1.0, which further enhances the façade’s thermal insulation during colder months.
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