by EuroStruct 2018
2 years ago


The Eurostruct2023 conference will be held in the TÜWI building (Türkenwirt building), a timber construction with 3,000 m² of usable floor area awarded with the certificate of the Austrian Council for Sustainable Building (ÖGNI certificate), and the first educational building to obtain the platinum certificate ( ÖGNI Platinum). This building is part of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) campus in Vienna and offers space for a seminar center, a library, offices for several departments, and shared areas. The appearance of the building is characterized by its timber skeleton construction. The façade grid of untreated wood is continued in the interior of the entrance level and the library as the structural grid of the ceiling. The support structure becomes a design element. During the warm season, individual glass elements can be opened to the terrace, creating a meeting place for students. The four-story wooden structure was constructed from prefabricated cross-laminated timber elements. The base, which is partially underground, and the stairwell are made of reinforced concrete. Public and highly frequented rooms are situated on the lower levels. The two large seminar rooms on the entrance level can be joined and opened towards the foyer to provide a large space for events. The learning spaces in the library, as well as the seminar rooms below, are orientated to the park in the northeast with its dense vegetation. The departments, each of which comprises offices, a meeting room, and a small kitchen, are on the top two levels. Modern digital technologies were used for planning and construction. The building has been recognized for its sustainable design. It scored 965 out of 1000 possible points of the Austrian klimaaktiv building standard and was awarded the gold certificate. In addition to the climate-neutral construction materials, the compactness of the building and its positive effect on energy efficiency was applauded.