>> OPENhauswirtschaft translates the traditional understanding of housekeeping as the totality of working and living in a house into an innovative project of contemporary housing and urban development in the Vienna city center. <<
Christian Peer, future.lab/ Vienna University of Technology
is a building cooperative that at the same time understands itself as an urban space venture (a group of self-determined space and project developers). Within the framework of the research & development project OPENhauswirtschaft, a building and public-interest umbrella organization aiming for an equal share of living and working is being built in the Nordbahnviertel (the area around the former Vienna North Railway Station) in a participatory process involving the future users.
Affordable and small-scale commercial space is in short supply in Vienna. Many small entrepreneurs therefore work in their own homes, or in spaces that are not designed for this purpose. The project aims to bundle resources and knowledge in order to create these missing spaces itself and, as a trailblazing project, to stimulate future impulses of mixed use in the city center. The project therefore focuses on a consistent mix of uses and will be a pioneering project for small business development in new urban housing.
The project's operators have been working tirelessly for several years, with swiftly acquired specialist expertise, to implement their vision of a building for living and working with a radical mix of uses. The project at hand now forms the concrete basis for implementation and appears suitable for answering interesting questions about mixed use, new work and sustainable development of New Social Housing. In addition, the project involves several fields of experimentation (process, legal organization as a cooperative, extent of mixed use), which are important in the context of the IBA_Vienna. The IBA_Vienna is accompanying the project and will make the findings visible to a broad public.
The initiative group Die HausWirtschaft and its project partners have set themselves the goal of creating about 45 apartments and 3,500m² of work-related space for about 250 people working and/or living there. An innovative house community is to be created, which is designed as a cooperative for the common good. The project aims to make affordable spaces available in the long term and generate a recognizable added value in the district.
Different types of housing are planned, from single and family apartments to housing clusters. Moreover, there will be workspaces and flexible coworking spaces in a small-scale mix of uses for music, culture, health, education, services, crafts and gastronomy. Temporary rental of living and working space enables project-oriented working and living, e.g. for artist-in-residence programs. OPENhauswirtschaft reinterprets the idea of a cooperative and extends it to the combination of working & living. In the tradition of social housing, extensive communal areas and shared infrastructure are being created. Thus, affordability can be achieved while maintaining high quality.
The cooperative also wants to radiate into the district and open its building to all interested neighbors and strives for cooperation with the neighboring educational campus or between the new music school and the in-house cultural sector. In addition, the building offers space for the numerous initiatives around the former Vienna North Railway Station. With the music co-working space Schöpfkraftwerk, a new music production center is being created. The motto is "Get out of the basements, music to the light". The puppet theater Die Kurbel will have its home in the building. The control center will be the event space, which can be used for a variety of purposes.
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.