Athens 2023 | Non-residential

University Graz

AustriaAustriaCompany Name: Pichler Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Project description

The heart of the university of Graz is the library. The largest educational institution in Styria has more than 4 mio information carriers. For the expansion of the library an annex from the ’70s and the connecting corridor between the main building and the historic library, were wrecked. This created space for a central foyer with a new forecourt as an attractive outdoor recreation zone. That square is covered by a glass cube on the roof of the old building, which has finally been given back its original façade after 125 years.
The building owner spent about 28 mio € on the renovation and new construction of the library. The construction work took almost three years. The aim of the renovation and new construction was to equip the historical building with modern functionality. The installer had to realise a mixture of more than 7,000 m² of partition walls, 2,000 m² of fire protection cladding and more than 12,000 m² of suspended ceilings, which had to meet the highest standards of quality. It was absolutely necessary for a library that almost all of the ceiling surfaces were constructed as acoustic ceilings with perforated boards in order to reduce the noise level in the reading areas to a minimum.
For the installer, one of the greatest challenges was the incorporation of the drywall components into the historic parts of the building. A high performance of logistical organization, time management and a lot of technical know-how from planners and installers were necessary.

Main information

Building size

25 000 m²

Building purpose / type


Building owner name

Bundes Immobilien Gesellschaft

Architect name

Atelier Thomas Pucher


Company name: Pichler Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Main Representative: Mr. Peter Pichler

Number of collaborators: 70

Specialties: Drywall construction for residential and non residential buildings, Acoustic ceilings, Renovation

Founded in: 1989

Biography: The company Pichler GmbH – Trockenausbau was founded by Peter and Gabriela Pichler on 24.1.1989. The first office in Passail opened in the same year. A branch office in Vienna and one in Carinthia follow. As a result, projects can be reliably implemented and realised throughout Austria.

Contractor: Mr. Peter Pichler

Key Challenges

  • Connection of the historical part of the building with modern functionality
  • Acoustical performance
  • Time management
  • Logistical organisation

Key Achievements

  • Longterm relationship between Rigips Sales Team and company owner
  • High product quality
  • Installer has good experience with Rigips Rigiton boards and Glasroc F Ridurit

Saint-Gobain products & systems

Acoustic control
Rigiton Acoustiv boards
Fire protection
Glasroc F Ridurit
Light weight
Acoustic insulation
Isover mineral wool

Saint-Gobain Team

Michael Allesch