In 2007, the City of Vienna decided to locate the new buildings of the Vienna University of Economics and Business at the edge of the Prater amusement park.
Two architectural competitions were carried out in 2008. The first resulted in an urban design plan. The second was intended to furnish proposals for the individual buildings.
The Prater park – the name derives from the Latin "pratum", meaning meadow – is what remains of the wetlands, making it the lung, or heart, liver, kidney, spleen or other vital organ, of the city of Vienna. In mathematical terms, the Prater would be something like a singularity.
Building section W2 of the new University of Economics and Business is a piece of the city raised above the ground, elevated and detached. It is not a building. The research, teaching and administrative activities are structured as urban textures.
In the proposed version of the project, the structural framework consists of seven or eight inverted pyramids. From a point on the ground, four arms each spread out to a width of about 18.5 meters. A two-level structural frame is set on them. The dimension of the support arms yields an estimated diameter of about 75 to 100 centimeters for the greatest effective length.