>> Temporary apartments are being built on this former industrial estate using housing subsidies. Available without capital and with a low rent ceiling, they are particularly interesting, for example, for apprentices who want to live and work independently or single parents. With this intelligent temporary use, affordable housing is created on otherwise fallow land. <<
Ilse Fitzbauer, deputy borough mayor in Vienna-Floridsdorf
HOME 21 is the first project for temporary housing to be completed as part of the Immediate Construction Program launched by the City of Vienna in 2016. In this program, residential buildings can also be built temporarily in areas that are not reserved for housing purposes.
One objective of the instant construction program was the quick installation of the housing units in system and lightweight construction. In contrast to other projects, HOME 21 does not have to be demolished or relocated when the temporary building permit expires, but is suitable for conversion for commercial purposes.
An essential element of the project is the principle of a variable mix of housing, commercial and social uses. The 3.5m high ground floor is reserved for spaces for social purposes and infrastructure provided by the developer and designed for step-by-step extension. The upper floors are dedicated to living, but have a room height of approx. 2.8 m, which is also suitable for other uses. Ceilings without beams and the absence of load-bearing partitions and partition walls enable largely free floor plan variations and room combinations.
Access to dignified living made easy!
HOME 21 offers affordable housing both for young people in Vienna who do not yet want to determine the center of their lives and for target groups who up to now have found it difficult to be cared for in subsidized new housing: formerly homeless people, homeless women with a migration background and their children, and older people with disabilities. The rent is € 8.10/m² including operating costs (price basis 2017), even a basic stock of furniture is already included. There are no financing contributions.
The apartments are allocated in cooperation with various social institutions: SMART apartments (Wohnservice Wien), mother and child apartments (Caritas Vienna) and apartments for formerly homeless people (Fonds Soziales Wien/ Obdach). The co-living studio apartments for people with disabilities are managed by Caritas Vienna.
Open space and art as a connecting center.
A large playground for children and young adults is the social heart of the complex. Areas of the ground floor zone have been designed by the two young artists Olga Georgieva and Assunta Abdel Azim Mohamed creating a space for art interventions on the subject of Arriving and Coming Home.
As one of the most influential and globally active magazines for design and architecture, DEZEEN annually presents an award for internationally outstanding projects. The 26 selected projects in the category "Housing Project" show with buildings from all continents a broad spectrum of architecture from all over the world, into which-as the only project from Austria - HOME 21 was included.
After winning the Architecture MasterPrize 2019 (category “Social Housing”) HOME 21 has now also won the Architizer A+Award 2020 (category “commercial - mixed use”).
Das Kompetenzzentrum für Soziale Arbeit der FH Campus Wien gibt Einblicke in die Ergebnisse einer Studie zu Home 21 und skizziert Lernerfahrungen aus dem Projekt.