Campus Freihaus

DA – DB – DC – Freihaus

On account of its size and intensive use as a laboratory building, the Freihaus is in need of renovation. The integration of the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering on Getreidemarkt entailed renovating and modernising rooms that had become vacant as part of the 'TU of the future' project. 

Together with the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation and the Faculty of Physics, appropriate projects were developed at the Freihaus campus with the aim of integrating the institutes. 

Once the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering had moved out, work started in 2014 in the green area (A tower, primarily mathematics) on the third to eighth floors, and in the yellow area (B tower) on the third and fourth floors. This included renovation work, adaptation of subsections and structural adjustment measures. 

DE – Treitlhörsaal

The Treitlstraße building has had its role to play in the capital’s cultural life for as long as anyone can remember. Built by Fritz Judtmann and Egon Riss in 1930, this was the first building in Vienna to have a reinforced concrete frame. In 1932, Karl Kraus used its ceremonial hall for many of his Offenbach lectures, and it wasn’t long until the function room on the first basement level with a ground-floor gallery became known as the 'Offenbach' or 'Karl Kraus hall'. From February 1937, the Austrian Association of Film Lovers 'Gesellschaft der Filmfreunde Österreichs' started using the room for film screenings. After the Second World War, the building was used as an information centre for the Russian army until art and culture returned in the spring of 1959, marked by the second literary cabaret of the 'Wiener Gruppe'. This event saw Friedrich Achleitner and Konrad Bayer smash up a piano, which resulted in police intervention. Another exciting feature came in the form of the 'Aktion # 43' campaign – the Direct Art Festival – by Otto Mühl and Günther Brus, which involved short 'revue-style' action sketches. A musical highlight from the 1970s involved an appearance by British punk-rock band The Clash (of 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' fame).

In 1986, the Ministry of Science and Research rented the former trade-union building out to TU Wien, as it was convenient to incorporate into the Freihaus/TU library complex. The original function room has been used ever since as a lecture theatre, primarily by the Faculty of Informatics, as well as for various cultural events.

In the summer of 2012, the lecture theatre was refurbished from top to bottom. The building technology – particularly the ventilation and electronic infrastructure – was updated to the latest state of the art to meet the requirements of a modern teaching space. The entire area was also redesigned to make it more accessible. 

The renovation was funded by the former Federal Ministry for Science and Research as part of its MINT (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology) programme.