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Crab Studio

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If some of the other buildings on the campus are statements in form, the complex by CRAB studio, with Sir Peter Cook, is a declaration in colour. The buildings rise in tiers of increasing size, each distinguished by a different hue. The colour palette begins with dark orange at the bottom level, changing to paler orange, then to darker and then lighter yellow.
To add to the distinctive appearance, a “filter layer” of rough timber slats of Austrian larch have been mounted on brackets along the external walls. These provide some shading and refer to the nearby Prater woods. The interiors, too, have been rendered in strong colours.
The facility is made up of two main elements. The first building houses the university’s main administration department, and is a three-pronged linear form with its main components running parallel to the central pedestrian path....

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