1220 Vienna, Austria
04/2011, 1st Prize
Start of Planning
Start of Construction
Gross Floor Area
Net Rentable Floor Space
4.638 m2 Subsidized Living Area
5,50 Mio EUR
Partner in Charge
Christian Aulinger, Mark Gilbert, Georg Kogler,
Realisation: Katharina Tanzberger (Project Manager), Irene Hrdina
Competition: Dagnija Smilga, Michaela Ebersdorfer
WBV/GPA Bauträgerges. m.b.H.
K+S Inginieure, Wien
Landscaping – Gerhard Rennhofer, Landscahftsarchitekt, Vienna
Technical Plant – HKS Projekt Planungsgesellschaft GmbH., Linz
Structural Engineer – K+S Inginieure, Vienna
Mobility & Mediation – Walk-Space Society for Pedestrians
Design of Textile Elements
Bohatsch u. Partner, Walter Bohatsch
TC ZT GmbH Wien
©2014 Lukas Schaller
©2014 Michael Goldgruber
Podhagskygasse is an innovative typological concept for 60 exceptionally affordable housing units, built within the Viennese program for subsidized social housing.
The ambition of the project was to design and build attractive housing with an innovative urban design concept that could be rented at surprisingly low prices: total rental costs of €6,01/m2, including all operating costs, fees and taxes.
To achieve these goals, trans_city pursued a radically pragmatic design strategy, and the housing estate was designed without basements or elevators. In this way, building costs could be reduced by 18% in comparison to similar projects. Yet the architectural result is powerful and distinctive, with innovative use of tactilely appealing materials such as metallic-varnished Norway Spruce posts and wall panels, as well as metal-glazed concrete columns.
Instead of the usual underground car park, the residents’ automobiles are situated in open, street-level car ports. These are located under the houses and grouped around a multipurpose paved area, which functions like a village square – an “Anger”, in good Viennese dialect.
Through the elimination of central lifts (each apartment can be retro-fitted for handicapped access upon demand) the vertical circulation can be decentralized and therefore distributed across the site. This produces an appealing sequence of socially active spaces, and allows for the fine-grained, sculptural massing of the buildings.