NEW BUILDING EXPANSION OF THE IMC POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY KREMS | AUSTRIA The newly added building acts as the final “building block” of the campus landscape of the polytechnic university Krems. The existing magistrale (main road) has been expanded and extended to reach the new building of the IMC Krems. A walkway on the first floor elevates the magistrale up to the second level to create a weather-protected junction between the institute’s two buildings. Analogous to the magistrale on the ground level, the walkway gives new access to the middle zone of the building. The middle zone evolves alongside a vertical atrium and the centrally positioned perron towards a vertical foyer with access to all floors. This outline is reflected in the facade as a visible glass seam. In its interior, the middle zone not only serves as a point of orientation but also its open and bright “communication zones” provide a gathering point for relaxing or discussions near the building’s prominent façade. The middle zone divides the building into two parts integrating substantially different functions: the different institutes and departments of administration are locating in the northern section (first–second floors), while the southern building structure houses the lecturing and teaching areas (ground floor–second floor). Further lecture rooms are located on the lower level and are flooded with daylight via a generous embankment. Underground parking is connected to the basement at the same level as the existing garage.