COOP Himmelb(l)au, Zaha Hadid Architects, Morphosis Architects, Asymptote Architecture, and RUR/Reiser + Umemoto present their recent competition entires for an extension of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Preamble — As an institution of art and education of high international repute, the University of Applied Arts Vienna—known informally as Die Angewandte—considers it a particular obligation to make an important contribution to architecture when realising a building project that is to serve the University’s own purpose. The development of increasingly complex urbanised societies should be matched by a high sense of responsibility, with special importance being attributed to the architecture that forms our environment.
“Die Angewandte sees itself as a place of free artistic and scientific articulation, as a forum for open discussion and a development laboratory for artistic visions which should fulfil their potential and shape the society of the future.”
The claim of being one of the best art schools in the world, and of maintaining this standard, is inseparably linked with consistent endeavour in relation to the ongoing further development of quality criteria and the constant regeneration of creative potential, as well as with an uncompromising commitment to the freedom of art and science.
In this context—and to meet the requirements of its own mission statement—the University of Applied Arts strives to achieve the highest degree of artistic creativity and contemporary architectural quality in the realisation of this construction project.
The University of Applied Arts has taught the subject architecture for a long time, with several high-calibre architects renowned both nationally and internationally ranking among its lecturers. This fact, in particular, serves as an obligation and motivation to mobilise and enlist the most creative and most innovative architectural talent in accomplishing the “ange- wandte_NEU“ project.
“By analysing and calling into question existing structures, developing alternatives and dealing with relevant issues, the University of Applied Arts wants to shape society through artistic and cultural action. This shall be achieved through cross-disciplinary project work by the University itself, through its public presence in the context of events and initiatives, or through activities within an international network of partner institutions, and—lastly, but by no means least—through the impact emanating from its graduates.”
(Mission Statement of the University of Applied Arts Vienna)