Buildings on Campus

Virtual Campus Tour

Old meets modern – high tech infrastructure in a beautiful green landscape

The campus of IST Austria is located in Klosterneuburg, a historical town to the northwest of Vienna. Nested in the beautiful landscape of the Vienna Woods, only 18 km away from the bustling city center of the Austrian capital. The campus consists of large green park-like spaces (179,000 m²) and an additional area of 25,000 m² for a technology park.

The IST Austria campus is characterized by a combination of historic and modern buildings located around a pond in the center of the campus. Aside from modern lab buildings the campus sports also other facilities including the cafeteria, apartments, the “Fröschkönig” kindergarten, a soccer field, a tennis court, and the Art/Brut Center gugging museum.

The campus has been designed to provide the best opportunities for high class research and education. Bridges connecting old and new buildings serve as meeting points between different fields thus fostering the collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit of IST Austria.

Take a virtual tour around campus!

The Central Building with its approx. 9’000 m² is home to theoretical research groups, as well as the Mondi seminar center, the guest house, a gym and the crazy duck Pub. Build around 1880 this charming old building also sports a small ballroom dating back to former times when representative buildings were equipped with ballrooms. Today the ballroom is used as a seminar room and room for social events. The Raiffeisen Lecture Hall adjoining the central building is a state-of-the-art lecture hall with a maximum capacity of 200 seats. In summer the beautiful terrace of overlooking the pond is great place to eat lunch, hold informal meetings or even BBQ.


“The Bridge” connects the Central Building with the Bertalanffy Foundation Building. This modern building with its approx. 4’000 m² houses experimental research groups active in the life sciences. The bridge with its well equipped coffee corner is a place where scientists meet to relax mingle, develop new ideas and collaborations.


Walking along the Life Science Facility we arrive at the Lab Building East. The Lab Building East with its approx. 7’000 m² the futuristic architecture of which is reminiscent of the cutting-edge experimental neuroscience projects performed in this building.  It is also home of the Cryo EM. The light flooded atrium in the center of the building the hallways with natural light and the functional rooms create a communicative and creative work environment for the researchers in this building.


The park like campus is scattered with places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Various artist have left their mark on campus like Esther Stocker with her “verworfene Idee” “The dismissed idea”. Other works of invite people to interact with them like “The brain” by Peter Kogler which is a favorite among the children on campus. The memorial by Dorothee Golz on campus make us think and remember the atrocities of the Nazi regime in Austria.

Across a small creek lies the voestalpine Administration Building and the 2nd Administration Building again merging old and modern architecture. Both buildings offer state of the art office space for world class science management.

Lab and Office Building West again merges theoretical and experimental sciences. 10’000 m² floor area spread over six floors offer space for up to 300 people in 30 research groups. This building houses also the nanofabrication facility and the clean room. Up on a small hill the Cafeteria offers freshly cooked meals and stunning views over the campus. More information and the opening hours can be found here.

Other buildings: Multipurpose Hall, Kindergarten, Miba Machine Shop, Facility Management Building, Apartments

Currently under construction is the LAB5, which will contain chemistry research laboratories as well as a library and graduate school. This building will be opened 2020.



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