Housing Density by Gerhard Steixner (auth.)

By Gerhard Steixner (auth.)

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Individual open space and access, privacy, far-off views? A maximum of private open space in each unit. More space for occupants to express themselves, more space around the apartment itself – with different views of the outdoor space: these are basic needs that can be readily realized even in an apartment complex. An ideal experimental ground for new forms of housing can be found in the dynamically evolving residential development between city and country, where conventional types of construction are no longer suitable to meet the needs of today’s users.

Welzig: You have stayed true to your housing ideal since the thirties. You have recently completed another atrium house estate in Vienna. That would be the Gartenheimstraße in Essling. It was sold even before it was finished, unlike the triumphal high-rise buildings. As far as I am concerned, it is the best of all, the most economic and the most consistent. It is small, consisting of only eighty units. There was no more money left for walls around the courtyards, but I wanted to obtain a closed perimeter, so we chose a cheaper wooden fence: larch, untreated, and it is beautiful.

As a consequence, a construction of more than three levels was hardly possible. The target group of BBQ village is mainly urban residents who like to get away from the city and go to the countryside in their spare time, make bike tours, work in the garden, barbecue, sunbathe and simply enjoy nature, as the village has beautiful surroundings with vineyards to offer. The floor plans are designed to take up a minimum of space and at the same time guarantee an adequate living comfort. Each house has 17 m² of floor space.

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