Getting a large housing estate of the 70s fit for future!

>> The 'Per Albin Hansson' housing estate is considered a model for social urban planning of the 1970s. Its qualities were as valid then as they are now. Now it is a matter of responding to current housing needs while safeguarding the existing qualities! <<

Kathrin Gaál, Deputy Mayor & Executive City Councillor for Women's Issues and Housing


How can a large urban housing estate from the 70s made be fit for future and adapted to today's living needs? This is one of the central questions that IBA_Vienna deals with in the neighborhood of Per-Albin-Hansson-Siedlung Ost (PAHO) in Vienna-Favoriten. As the name suggests, the neighborhood includes the eastern section of the Per-Albin-Hansson-Siedlung, including the apartment block Olof-Palme-Hof. It extends from the underground station Alaudagasse in the west to Laaer-Berg-Straße in the east and from Alaudagasse in the north to Ada-Christen-Gasse with underground station Neulaa in the south..

Prototype of a 70s urban housing estate.
Prototype of a 70s urban housing estate.
The apartment blocks of PAHO and Olof-Palme-Hof were built between 1971 and 1976 in precast concrete construction and are today considered a prototype of the "social urban planning" of the 70s. The PAHO buildings with up to nine storeys are aligned in parallel and arranged in groups - in between: spacious green areas, numerous trees and shrubs and a wide network of walkways. Based on the principle of a “relaxed and green city”, the concept focused on calm, tranquil living. PAHO therefore has very few sport and leisure facilities, business premises, lively ground floor zones, bicycle lanes, communication rooms and other social infrastructure that are more or less standard in housing estates nowadays. Follow the link to find out some hard facts about PAHO.
Object: Hard facts about PAHO.

Object: Innovations for Needs-Based Housing

Are you satisfied with your living situation in PAHO? Has the housing estate been improved? How do you want to live in future? - Questions like these were asked in 2017 to residents of PAHO. Based on the results of a social space analysis, six different fields of action have been evolved. Structural and social measures are to be developed. The aim is to increase the quality of living for different target groups in PAHO. Diverse projects will be implemented by 2022, evaluated and checked on their replicability to other neighborhoods. PAHO thus becomes a laboratory for large housing estates of the 70s.

Six Fields of Action


Public Space & Green Space:

Approx. 47% of those surveyed, especially parents and young people, would like the green spaces to be used more for leisure, sports and play. Older people want more seats on the paths to be able to take breaks. When redesigning open spaces, particular attention should be paid to the needs of girls.


People over the age of 60 expressed an urgent need for improvements to the topic of accessibility in the entire housing estate, the possibility of accommodating walkers and walking aids, and the age-appropriate design of the apartment blocks. They would also like to see more housing offers and services tailored to senior citizens.


Approx. 44% of the residents use a bicycle and would like to have more bicycle storages. People up to 40 years are willing to try alternative mobility options, such as car sharing, bike rental, etc.

Neighborhood and Social Infrastructure:

Many people want to have more neighborhood activities, such as neighborhood festivals. Good and affordable local care and sufficient specialists near the area of the housing estate are important to them.

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Many residents want better lighting of the routes through the housing estate and measures against burglaries, especially in the cellars. Badly visible corners and angles should be avoided.

Heat Protection:

In summers, many residents suffer from the heat, especially the elderly and mothers with young children. Diverse measures are suggested to cool down the apartments and create cool lounges outdoors.