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80kg concrete panel falls from Zaha Hadid library

A concrete panel has fallen off a Zaha Hadid-designed library in Vienna.

The 80kg panel crashed to the ground at the Zaha Hadid Architects’ Library and Learning Centre on 2 January.

A temporary cordon has been erected around parts of the building at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Nobody was injured by the incident, which is now being investigated. A statement from the university is expected next week.

It is the second panel to fall from the building. Last July, a glass-reinforced concrete slab measuring 1.2m by 2.5m fell from the structure, landing in front of the library’s main entrance. Nobody was hurt by the falling panel, though the incident occurred during the university’s summer vacation.

The 28,000m² building, which includes a library, classrooms, and a café, opened in October 2013.

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