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Construction Projects

Research needs space.

Construction projects

Research needs space. As part of our ambitious journey towards facilitating groundbreaking research, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is poised for significant growth and development. By 2026, we aim to expand to include up to 90 dedicated research groups, working together in our international and innovative environment equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure. This milestone is a stepping stone towards our ultimate goal of hosting 150 research groups by 2036, marking our full capacity. To achieve these objectives, we are embarking on several future construction projects designed to enhance our facilities, infrastructure, and collaborative spaces. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this exciting phase of growth, building the future of interdisciplinary research at ISTA.

VISTA Science Experience Center

On around 1,500m2 in the heart of the campus, the VISTA Science Experience Center will make science tangible and accessible for all visitors. The building will be home to, among other things, an auditorium, exhibition areas, learning and maker spaces and a café. There will be many opportunities to get in touch with science: interactive exhibitions, workshops for schools, extracurricular science clubs, lectures and discussion events.

Utility Building

On approximately 550m2, the Utility Building next to the campus will house an equipment hall, a staff lounge and offices. A photovoltaic system on the flat roof will cover the energy requirements of the heat pump and ventilation system of the building.

Masterplan 2036

The Masterplan 2036 was an urban architecture competition that outlines the campus development through the year 2036. Construction will proceed in several individual construction phases and projects stages, including a new Kindergarten, Lab7, and more.


Childcare offered on campus will also be expanded thereby fostering a family-friendly atmosphere on campus. Our new Kindergarten will blend comfort, modern design, and environmental sustainability, achieving a net-positive energy footprint. A comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in a spacious, green, sunny, and tranquil location will be granted to the Institute’s youngest researchers with interior design mainly crafted from wood.


This construction stage of the Masterplan 2036 consists of three buildings – these will include laboratories, offices for research groups and administration, as well as an additional cafeteria, a “Health Center” and a “Learning Center”. Lab7 will provide space for about 30 research groups and other shared laboratories. The basement will house the technical equipment, while offices, laboratories and facilities for employees will be built on the upper floors. The current parking garage will also receive an expansion.

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