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Library and Learning Center
concrete skin - Facade
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Product description

Product Category: fibreC Facade
Product: fibreC Facade 13 mm

Product Information:
Library and Learning Center University of Economics Vienna Austria
6.100 m2 fibreC
440 m2 fibreC 3D
Bianco & Liquide 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.

Product family


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. Since concrete skin can be used for interior applications as well, it becomes possible to overcome traditional boundaries of space and to increase the element of flow inherent in the materials. Interior and exterior spaces are merged into one.

2500 x 1200 x 13 mm | 3100 x 1200 x 13 mm | 3600 x 1200 x 13 mm
Fixing systems

substructure: aluminium, steel
visible: rivets, screws
concealed: Rieder Power Anchor, undercut anchor, adhesive

Product characteristics
Building material class A1 (according to DIN 4102) - incombustible Dead load / mass per unit area 26 - 31.5 kg/m²
Bending tensile strength > 18 N/mm²

Colours and surfaces
12 colours, through-coloured
3 surface textures: FE ferro (sandblasted), FL ferro light
(finely sandblasted) and MA matt (brushed)
More colours and sizes are available on request.

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