In a participatory process with the future users, a building is being constructed in the Nordbahnviertel for the public welfare-oriented cooperative "die HausWirtschaft." Residential space takes up only about half of the usable area, while the areas of work, leisure and culture are deliberately offered many opportunities for development.
Small and affordable commercial spaces are scarce in Vienna. Many small entrepreneurs therefore work in their own apartments or in spaces not designed for this purpose. HausWirtschaft brings together such entrepreneurs and thus bundles knowledge in order to create these missing spaces in the city center itself. It relies on a consistent mix of uses and is establishing itself as a pioneering project for small business development in new urban neighborhoods.read more
Since 2016, the operators of the project have been working tirelessly and with rapidly acquired expertise on the implementation of their vision of a radically mixed-use building for working and living. The present project now forms the concrete basis for implementation and appears to be suitable for providing diverse contributions to questions of mixed use, new working and the sustainable development of a new social quarter. Furthermore, the project shows several experimental fields (process, legal organization as a cooperative, extent of mixed use), which are of importance in the context of the IBA_Vienna.
The initiative group "die HausWirtschaft" and its project partners have set themselves the goal of creating 48 residential units and 3,500 m² of work-related space for about 250 working and/or living people. In this way, an innovative house community is to be created, which is designed as a public welfare-oriented cooperative. The project aims to provide long-term affordable space and create a recognizable added value in the surrounding neighborhood.
The idea of a cooperative is reinterpreted by HausWirtschaft and extended to the combination of working and living. In the tradition of social housing, extensive common areas and shared infrastructure are created. In this way, affordability can be achieved with high quality.
A diverse mix of housing types was deliberately chosen. This was developed in a participatory-iterative process between einszueins Architektur and the future users. In addition, a wide variety of workspaces and flexible coworking spaces were planned together - with a focus on a small-scale mix of uses for culture, health, education, services, crafts and gastronomy. Temporary rental of living and working spaces also enables project-oriented working and living, e.g. for artist-in-residence programs. For this purpose, separate guest rooms are available as "HausPension" for guests.
The community will also radiate into the neighborhood and open its house to all interested neighbors and strive for cooperation with neighboring cultural groups, educational institutions and the in-house cultural area. In any case, there will be a large event space that is open to the neighborhood and interested people from everywhere - for discussions, festivals, cultural events or small conferences or workshops. This will provide enough space for the many up-and-coming neighborhood initiatives in the Nordbahnviertel. The associated association NordStern additionally develops a professionally managed and curated cultural program.
Bringen Klein- und Kleinstunternehmen als Gemeinschaft im Stadtteil (neue) soziale Impulse für die Gruppe und für den Stadtteil? Der Workshop bringt einschlägige Expert*innen an einen Tisch und ermöglicht Austausch zu den vielen Aspekten dieser Frage.