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Institute of Fine Arts, Vienna


The Institute of Fine Arts Vienna have very successfully integrated new classrooms, a computer lab and a photo studio into a former imperial stage set production building by Gottfried Semper and Karl Hasenauer. The 1877 building is beautifully complemented by ‘pods’ constructed of CNC-milled plywood, using roughly 1600 individual elements. Although each unit is geometrically unique they are derived from a common prototype. The cleverly designed rooms not only add a contemporary feel to the space, they also integrate seating, workstations and storage into their structures, unifying structure, function and aesthetics. Images via Roots.

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