BRITISH COUNCIL AUSTRIA
Vienna, Austria 2003-2004

British Council Austria, Entrance overlooking the Virtual Zone. Photo: Gerald Zugmann | Berger+Parkkinen Architekten

BRITISH COUNCIL AUSTRIA

CLIENT:
British Council Austria

Invited competition,
1. prize

FLEXIBILITY AND IDENTITY

The architectural concept for the conversion of a former branch bank into the new Info Centre of the British Council in Vienna is based on the creation of open, translucent space and a flexible ground plan. Depth is apparent even from the outside on the street, where one can view the entire space as far as the garden on the other side of the building. An impressive, generous and varied atmosphere was achieved by lining up different zones.

British Council Austria, Lifestyle Zone with lecture room. Photo: Gerald Zugmann | Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
British Council Austria, sketch. Berger+Parkkinen Architekten

Different Zones create different Atmosphere

A main path as a continuous element runs at ground level through the four zones of the Info Centre. The Virtual Zone right at the start offers Internet access via six terminals. Fast information that can be accessed independently by every visitor without having to contact the Info Centre staff directly. The interface to the next area is the reception desk.

British Council Austria, Lifestyle Zone with a view of the Learning Zone. Photo: Gerald Zugmann | Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
British Council Austria, garden view. Photo: Gerald Zugmann | Berger+Parkkinen Architekten

The Lifestyle Zone is the heart of the Info Centre, where the space fans out. This is where the Library is located and comfortable seating invites you to linger. A multifunctional room is available for larger events. Afterwards you enter the Learning Zone, where a study area with a view of the garden is located. Visual contact to the office area with its team offices is desired.

It is an English garden accessible at the end of a long room with a well-kept lawn, graveled area and the sculpture “Pink Stack”, by the British artist Anthony Caro.

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