Information Center of the Technical University in Liberec

Information Center of the Technical University in Liberec
Address: Studentská 2, Liberec, Czech Republic
Investor:Technická univerzita v Liberci
Project:2001-04
Completion:2006-07
Area:4400 m2
Built Up Area:982 m2
Built Up Space:19900 m3
Price:195 000 000 CZK


The eight-storey office building stands in the center of the university campus. It consists of an intersection of two basic above-grade volumes – a low entrance part and a vertical wing with offices. The entrance area on the ground floor is intended for students and visitors. It follows the basement, which is built over a larger ground plan and used mainly as an underground parking garage. It further contains a conference room, seating forty people, lit by a conic skylight. The entrance section stems out of the square via an elongated ramp and a stepped terrace. The terrace leads to a small café on the second floor.

A vertical office wing, to be used by the university management, dominates the entire complex. Its glassed-in volume shaped as a part of a blunted elliptical cone broadens slightly upwards differentiating the plan of each storey. On the side of the square, the wing is enclosed by a facade composed of a total of 465 elements of different, unrepeatable shapes and sizes.
The monolithic, ferroconcrete skeleton floor slabs is founded over a ferroconcrete slab. Piers in the office wing are inclined and follow the geometry of the facade. The vertical, load-bearing construction is augmented with a reinforcing core and a shear wall.

A delivery station within a distribution heating system serves as a source of heat in the building. As most windows in the building do not open, ventilation of the entire building is effected via the air-conditioning system. Basic cooling is achieved by activation of ferroconcrete ceiling slabs through which a cooling agent is distributed, and the interior space is further additionally cooled by the air-conditioning system.
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