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Text description provided by the architects. The new design of the knowledge and communication center in Leoben, Austria, includes the interior of the institution, integrated into the ground floor of the Museum Center Leoben, and the exterior design of the corresponding terrace towards the town hall of the town.
The circle element is the conceptual link between the heterogeneous parts of the existing museum building, a historic conventual structure with an extension by Günther Domenig. A colorful strip of modular shelving expands the flooring fabric into the third dimension, creating a spatial framework.
The holistic concept offers different types of creative spaces, including stimulating, collaborative, reflective and playful with personalized tactile and spatial qualities, aiming to support the provision of knowledge. The orange color palette and abstract nature patterns draw inspiration from the city’s tradition as a steel and university town.
The library used to be a space for books, but we wanted to transform it into a space for the community. Our goal was to create a social hub for the city and surrounding educational institutions, a place that combines knowledge transfer and social connectivity. We also strongly believe in the democratic ideal of the library, connecting people from all walks of life. It also fits in well with our times, focusing on sustainability, health and wellness as well as a booming sharing economy.