concrete skin | Library and Learning Center

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Product: concrete skin

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Library and Learning Center University of Economics Vienna Austria
6.100 m2 concrete skin
440 m2 formparts
Colour: Special & Liquid Black

The building of the Learning and Library Center in Vienna, which has been designed by Zaha Hadid, is at the heart of the 90,000 m² sized premises of the new University for Economics and Business Administration. The two main zones of the building are unmistakeably recognizable by the two interlocking structures: the public area in black and the non-public area in white. Architect Zaha Hadid opted for glassfibre-reinforced concrete panels as distinctive facade material. The Austrian Rieder Group won the bid with its fibreC facade panels. Beyond the differently coloured concrete look, the 13mm thin glassfibre concrete elements were able to meet all the requirements of the star architect, including aesthetics, material quality and the challenge of implementing the design of a slightly curved building cubature with curved panels.


The development of concrete skin was inspired by Rieder‘s vision of a concrete cladding panel that is both stable and lightweight. The large-format panels are 13 mm thin and give architects plenty of scope in the design of individual facades, with regard to colour, structure and form. Glassfibre reinforced concrete is in-combustible and made of mineral-based raw materials, giving the panels their unique characteristics. The authentic appearance creates a vivid facade. Concrete skin pulls smoothly over buildings, corners and edges like a skin and creates a unique material flow.

The material guarantees absolute safety and fire resistance due to its excellent thermal properties (fire protection class A1 "non-combustible" according to DIN 4102). With its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, Rieder sets itself high standards for environmental protection. The environmental product declaration, EPD, gives precise indicators for the life cycle assessment.

Width: max. 1500 mm (max. width for surface matt: 1350)
Length: max. 5000 mm

concrete skin is available in all colour collections:
greyscale: polar white, off-white, ivory, silvergrey, chrome, anthracite, liquid black
bricky: terracotta, coralline, oxide red, burgundy, merlot
timber: terra, larch, oak, walnut, ebony
pietra: sahara, sandstone, cotton, vanilla, almond

The new textures add liveliness and depth to any facade. The various structures create an exciting interplay of light and shadow that changes depending on the angle of view. The new textures open up additional freedom for architects and room for individual ideas. The different characteristics better emphasise the naturalness of the concrete material and the authentic appearance.

FE | ferro: sandblasted, rough structure
FL | ferro light: finely sandblasted
MA | matt: brushed surface

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Part of the collection FACADE DESIGN.
Manufacturer Rieder
Family concrete skin
Architonic ID 1231590
Year of Launch 1905

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