8_ Mautner-Markhof Gründe | Alfred Willinger, Silja Tillner



Project title: Mautner-Markhof Gründe

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Alfred Willinger, Silja Tillner



City: Vienna

Address: Wilhelm-Weber-Weg 1/3. 1110 Vienna



Designer or design team architects:

Architects Tillner & Willinger ZT GmbH


Plot Area: 5870 mq

Gross Area: 11500 mq

Of which residential: 70%
Public/communal areas: 15 %
Facilities for the public: 10%
Business/trade: 5 %
Offices: 0 %

Number of residential units: 91
Typology of users: Families, Old-aged people, Students, Foreigners/immigrants
Total building costs Euros: 15.000.000,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1304,00 €
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 1.96
Work started on date: Monday, 10th September 2012
Work completion date: Friday, 28th February 2014


Promoter: ÖSW Österreichisches Siedlungswerk, Familienwohnbau gemeinnützige Bau- und Siedlungsgesellschaft
Allotment rule: Application by Wohnservice Wien
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement % No Option to buy
– rent % 30-40


Cost of construction max:  The construction costs are 20% lower than market rate but follow the allowed maximum of 12,80€/m2
Rental/sale cost compared to market price: Only rental, 8,71€/m2 is 30-40% lower than market value


Rules of allocation: 30-50% application internet first come first serve by Wohnservice Wien
Rest: application with the 2 non-profit housing developers
Protection of fragile categories: Goals are mixed users, theme: multi-cultural living
Vulnerable users: former homeless mothers, communal living for single seniors, immigrants, families, students, couples, singles.
Involvement of inhabitants in the building process: Participatory design process based on predefined modules. The floor plans and communal areas selected with residents from a modular floor plan catalogue.
Communication with the interested parties in the form of a homepage, flyers and information events.
Community accompaniment in the life of the building: Yes, the formerly homeless are united weekly and the seniors in the communal apartment daily. Social service for immigrant women (www.peregrina.at/en) on the ground floor, advise on professional and language training. laundry-room, children-play room, community vegetable gardens on the roof.


Functional mixitè: Outdoors: plaza between the 2 buildings, public garden where residents can plant flowers, participatory decision on uses in the communal gardens. Communication-enhancing entrance for contact between neighbours + serves as communicative retreats for women. “village square” on the first floor between staircases occupies a special position.
Common spaces and shared living: On the roof: community open space + neighbourhood gardens for residents. Common rooms, social facilities + open spaces on the ground floor. Ground floor: common use (laundry, event-space, kitchen) room for contact with people from outside (neighbourhood centre) social facilities (health centre, children’s group).
Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: Passive house, zero energy, wood panel sandwich elements for non-load bearing exterior walls, continuous balconies shade façade and protect from overheating

Description of the project: 

“With us you get more than just an apartment.” – This is the central message of the large community-oriented housing project in central Vienna.

Mautner-Markhof Gründe is a neighborhood of 91 residential units in two distinct buildings, built in accordance with the high environmental standards of the Passive House practice, including 74 subsidized rental apartments as well as Senior housing units. 

The project aspires to foster a diverse community of different age groups and multicultural backgrounds living harmoniously together. Fundamental to the design, is the promotion of a community-based way of living and tolerance of other lifestyles and social values. Working with a sociologist to conduct an in-depth study of cultural demographics and different lifestyles, we designed a variety of configurable floor plan types from which residents can choose and freely adapt according to the individual’s desired specifications.  A flexible structural framework and the resident’s participation ensures sustainability throughout the building’s tenant life-cycle.

 Wrapping the building are continuous bands of loggias and projecting balconies, which expand unit living rooms and serve to underscore each building’s character as a kind of open pavilion. The two apartment buildings each have spacious ground floors with communal areas that extend to the playful outdoor landscape, all of which reinforces the neighborhood appeal. In addition, each building is crowned with a green roof – accessible by all the residents – complete with terraces, planting beds and communal winter gardens. Strengthening the distinct character of each building are the contemporary paintings by artist Herbert Pasiecznyk that fill the bright stairwells.