Affordability & New forms of housing


The right to housing is a human right, enshrined in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, the growth of cities and, above all, the discovery of housing as a capital investment by the financial markets (“concrete gold”) have turned housing into a product that is becoming increasingly expensive. Vienna’s social housing policy, which has been firmly anchored for one hundred years, and non-profit and subsidized housing aim at affordability for all strata of the population, but they are increasingly under pressure as well.

Affordability does not only mean affordable rents but also getting by with the available financial means in everyday life. The landscape of everyday life is constantly changing, and our housing biographies are rarely straightforward. Therefore, we need new housing models that address these changing life situations. Many IBA_Vienna projects aim to do just that. They offer flexible-use spaces, develop special offers for single parents and new forms of communal living. Parallel to this, alternative models of ownership, use and financing are increasingly developed. New actors such as building groups or tenement syndicates bring the ideal of solidarity back into housing with their non-profit-oriented models. All these ideas can secure the Viennese tradition of affordability and social housing for the future.


Examples in the IBA ...

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Apfelbaum is a visionary real estate project. It offers a counter-model to exclusion and displacement and focuses on inclusion as a social attitude.


In the immediate vicinity of the Hirschstetten bathing pond, a new, diverse urban area is being created.

die HausWirtschaft

The building cooperative "die HausWirtschaft" sees itself as a space company that realises a building and roof company oriented towards the common good in a participative process. The focus is on the close connection between working and living.


HOME 21 offers affordable housing for target groups who previously had little or no access to subsidised new housing.


The Loft-Flügel project creates affordable, socially sustainable and inclusive living and working spaces in the densely built-up urban area.

Neu Leopoldau

The development in Neu Leopoldau follows the motto “young housing” and comprises around 1,400 apartments, 70,000 m² for commercial use and plenty of outdoor space.


In Podhagskygasse, temporary and inexpensive housing is being made available on currently not designated but usable areas. This is made possible by an ingenious modular system.

Practical Course: Arrive. Live. Stay.

The practical course: "Arriving. Living. Staying: Managing Homes - Shaping Relationships" is organised by Wohnen Plus Akademie in cooperation with neunerimmo.

Quartier "Am Seebogen"

After the pioneer and the Seepark neighborhood, the "Am Seebogen" neighborhood forms the third construction phase of Seestadt aspern and is the first on the north side of the lake.


The urban development area "Wolfganggasse" is a prime example of a new social neighborhood focussing offers for single parents.

... and beyond

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More Innovations & Projects

Many concrete innovations and projects go beyond the period of the IBA_Vienna and represent important impulses for the further development of the mentioned thematic field.

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Widmungskategorie Geförderter Wohnbau

Diese Kategorie kommt bei allen Flächen zur Anwendung, die im Zuge einer Neufestsetzung des Flächen widmungsplans erstmals eine Wohnnutzung zulassen.

Wohnen für Allein- und Getrennterziehende

Mit 1. Juli 2020 wurde die Kategorie „Alleinerziehend“ als neues Kriterium für die Vergabe von geförderten Wohnungen in Wien eingeführt.

Geplant - Gebaut - Genutzt

Die Studie „Geplant – Gebaut – Genutzt: Neue Wiener Wohntypo- logien“ ist in der Reihe Beiträge zur IBA_Wien (Band 15) erschienen.

Housing First

Housing First ist ein Angebot für Menschen, die schon länger wohnungslos sind und spezielle Lebenssituationen zu bewältigen haben.

Modellhafte und Experimentelle Wohnformen

Dieser Forschungsbericht ist im Rahmen der Reihe Beiträge zur IBA_Wien (Band 03) erschienen.