A plot on the Brigittenau peninsula, where the Danube Canal splits from the main river, is to be developed for research with a special focus on the hydrology of the Danube. The design will integrate the existing VERBUND power plant, the research arm of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, as well as the new sh ladder, and will see the current buildings extended to create oces and laboratories for water research. These buildings will all form part of a new visitor centre. The visitor centre will comprise three themed exhibition rooms on energy, environmental studies and research, with the historical backdrop of the power station and the Otto Wagner architecture playing a supporting role. The exterior of the building will continue this theme and should arouse interest amongst potential visitors. There is also to be space for a landing stage for research boats and work equipment for scientic investigations on the Danube. It is hoped that the visitor centre will also become a meeting place and cultural arena, creating a stronger connection between the Brigittenau peninsula, Nußdorf harbour and the Donau Promenade, reuniting the peninsula withits neighbouring districts.