Spatial areas for new learning
With over 2,700 students, the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems is one of the internationally emerging universities of applied sciences. The university of applied sciences focuses in particular on practical training in the fields of business, engineering, health sciences and life sciences.
Aside from these future-oriented faculty groups, the IMC creates a gateway to internationality, above all with its twelve English-language study programmes. In total, prospective students have the choice of 29 different study programmes. In summer 2012, the students and employees of the IMC had a new home. Under the general planning of kadawittfeldarchitektur, a modern extension was completed with new seminar areas and offices. Part of the premises were restructured in 2017.
Relaxing in the IMC lounges
Where there used to be a PC lab and two seminar rooms on campus, there is now a large public area – the IMC lounge. This offers students and teaching staff a lively environment which meets the needs of individual working processes. “Both IMC lounges invite you to work interactively, as well as to reflect and relax. In this project we were able to support an informal working style and communication in a modern environment”, says Michaela Sabathiel, head of marketing and public relations.
Wiesner-Hager contributed various pieces of furniture to the setup of the new lounge areas, including tables from the product family macao, pulse conference chairs as well as the cage cupboard system. As well as their storage function, these act as room partitions in the IMC lounge, discreetly separating the individual areas from each other. The brand new upholstered m.zone furniture was also in particular focus, as this can be integrated perfectly into the middle area design. The IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems is the first education institution to benefit from the new retreat islands from the product family.
The aim was to be able to offer new and modern working and study areas with a special feel-good atmosphere to the students, teaching staff, and also for the employees”, emphasises Michaela Sabathiel. Complemented by cube seats from the pixie series, which give the whole lounge a youthful character, the overall result corresponds precisely to the wishes and ideas, and students and teachers are equally happy to use the space. The individual lounge groups also offer enough space for workshops, meetings and informal discussions.
The aim was to be able to offer new and modern working and study areas with a special feel-good atmosphere.
The pre-existing study area at the Piaristengasse site was also repurposed into an IMC lounge and fitted with comfortable furniture which suits the everyday lives of the students. The cafeteria area was modernised and designed as a place of getting together and communication, without losing sight of the relaxation aspect. The typical niches in the old building on the Piaristengasse site offer the ideal spatial structure for upholstered furniture from the element series. As well as their cosy appearance, they impress with their visual and acoustic screens, creating the conditions for concentrated study. Even the colour choice plays an important role: the room seems friendlier thanks to its warm colour tone and invites you to spend a bit longer there.