© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

Center for Production Engineering of the Technical University // Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

Graz, Austria

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The ensemble consists of compact, strictly geometrical buildings. Its arrangement is continuing the character of the existing campus and generating outside areas with squares and paths as well as a variety of visual connections.
A seven-story cube with a four-story building at its back marks the entrance to the campus of the technical university in an emblematic way.

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

With an edge length of 33 meters the directionless cube is the stabilizing element in a heterogeneous neighborhood.
Together with a new public square, it serves as a frame for the gateway of the entire campus.
A lower, quadratic building forms the midpoint of the new complex, followed by a row of buildings in the south, which are closing the area to the bordering housing area.

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

The closure of this row forms a four-story pentagonal building.The gross floor area for all buildings is app. 30.000 sqm. Four of these buildings are used for research and education purposes, one as an in-house day-care center (for family members of students and employees of the university) and one for commercial use.

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

The building costs for the first four buildings (around 20.000 sqm) are app. 35 million €.
The outside appearance will be glossy and sharp-edged, the façade a metal skin with flush window stripes of alternating heights. The inner circulation of the faculty buildings consists of central halls with skylights, extending either to full height or several stories of the buildings.

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

Undesirable overheating in summer will be kept out by shades, in winter the glass front is used for passive heating. In addition geothermie is used for heating and cooling. Located on the green roofs are recreation areas with wooden terraces.principal designer: Hans Mesnaritsch, Franz Georg Spannbergerdesign team: Michaela Zopf, Johanna Kliment, Alfred Wirschke, Hubert Stögercontractor:Peter Mandl ZT GmbH– structural planningTB Ing.

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

© Architekt DI Hans Mesnaritsch

Werner Lang GmbH – building equipment planning PI Planungs GesmbH – electrical planningF|O|B face of buildings Gmbh – façade system planning Licht-Innovativ GmbH – light planningRosenfelder & Höfler GmbH– building physicsSite area: app. 20.000 sqmBuilt-up area: app. 20.000 sqmCost of construction: app. 35 million €. Year of completion: 2012Text credits: Architect Hans Mesnaritsch.

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