Learning Center and Library
(Scheduled to open in April 2020)
The two spatially superimposed, rotated and layered structures have hybrid functions:
The original building from the 1980s serves as a base in a supporting role to acquire, collect, archive and provide books and reference materials.
The Main Campus Library boasts three, well-stocked floors designed to help library users conduct research and use media.
The new Learning Center is set on top of the old library building, supported by fifteen columns that rise twenty meters from the front of the square. The new Learning Center is multi-functional and run by, but not only, the Main Campus Library.
This new building features learning, studying, and communication zones as well as reading and lounge areas both indoors and in the green atrium. The new building is an added value to the JKU campus, creating a comfortable and functional study environment for students, faculty members, and general library users alike.
The external sweeping staircase - a direttissima to the Learning Center - can be seen from afar. This graceful addition enhances the building and works well as an architecturally floating design.
The new part of the building seamlessly connects to the old building, supporting space for the general public and those who have personal interests to learn, study, read and communicate. The Learning Center and the JKU Main Campus Library meld together coherently to serve as a public place of culture and provide space for everyone to come together.