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. It is 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. Aside from modern lab buildings the campus also sports 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.
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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 ERROR BAR. Built around 1880, this charming old building also sports a small ballroom. Today the ballroom is used as a seminar room and a location 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 overlooking the pond is a great place to eat lunch, hold informal meetings or even have BBQs.
“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 and mingle to relax or develop new ideas and collaborations.
Walking along the Preclinical Facility, you arrive at Lab Building East. The building offers approx. 7’000 m² floor area and has a futuristic architecture which is reminiscent of the cutting-edge experimental neuroscience projects performed in it. 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 building is also home of the Electron Microscopy Facility.
The park-like campus is scattered with places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Various artists have left their marks on campus like “The Dismissed Idea” by Esther Stocker. Other works of art 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 makes us think and remember the atrocities of the Nazi regime in Austria.
Across a small creek lies the voestalpine Building and the 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 merges theoretical and experimental sciences. 10’000 m² floor area spread over six levels offer space for up to 300 people in 30 research groups. This building also houses the Nanofabrication Facility and its clean room. Loctaed 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 Research Facility, Kindergarten, Miba Machine Shop, Facility Management Building, Apartments
Lab Building 5 is currently under construction and will be opened in June 2021. It will contain chemistry laboratories, the Institute’s library and the graduate school. A visitor center is also scheduled for the next years.