From wood to wonders
HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders


Vienna, Austria

© BOKU Medienstelle / Christoph Gruber
© BOKU Medienstelle / Christoph Gruber
© BOKU Medienstelle / Christoph Gruber
© BOKU Medienstelle / Christoph Gruber

The "Tuerkenwirt" building (TUWI) of the University of Vienna was rebuilt within two years and offers three institutes, a lecture hall for 400 students, the mineral collection, teaching and learning areas, the new cafeteria and the characteristic TUWI restaurant with outdoor dining area of around 5,650 m² including a farm shop space. According to the plans of Baumschlager Hutter ZT GmbH, three floors above ground and two basement floors were built. The entire building is barrier-free and equipped with extensive energy efficiency measures. The wooden facade as well as the facade greening in the inner courtyard and the hanging gardens inside ensure a good indoor climate. For this wooden facade, 90 m³ of Larch glued laminated timber was provided with 662 steel parts and delivered to the construction site as prefabricated facade elements. The building received the ÖGNI Platinum sustainability certification and the 2019 state award for architecture and sustainability. In 2020, the new "Türkenwirt" building at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, was awarded the "klimaaktiv gold" building standard by the Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. With 958 out of 1000 points to be awarded, the new university building was also among the top of the list of excellent buildings.

Project information
Location: Vienna, Austria
Customer: Strobl Bau - Holzbau GmbH
Architect: Baumschlager Hutter ZT GmbH
Builder: BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H
Year of construction: 2016 - 2018
Products used: Glued laminated timber of the wood species spruce, birch and larch, glued prefabricated facade elements made of glued laminated timber with built-in steel parts