251.861 Design Studio - Cohabitation Space for an Intergenerational Community
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, UE, 8.0h, 10.0EC


  • Semester hours: 8.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to meet the multiple requirements of an architectural design in a solution-oriented manner. This refers to the functional, spatial, ecological, social, creative, aesthetic, economic and technical challenges associated with architectural design.

Subject of course

Living space for a cross-generational community


Creation of living space for a working and living community in Dietach near Wels / Upper Austria. The focus is on the following aspects:

Creation of living space from the point of view of ecological, social and economic sustainability

Contribution to increasing local added value in rural areas

Cross-generational living as an answer to the increasing isolation of the older generation

Community life close to nature under the aspect of the common good


Due to the demographic conditions of the population pyramid, we will have to look after an increasing number of older people in the next few years. At the same time, the COVID situation has shown us that older population groups are among the most vulnerable and quickly become dependent and isolated. The latter has drastic effects on mental and physical health.

The aim of the project is to start right here. In a larger residential complex, senior citizens' shared apartments suitable for the disabled are to be created (shared apartments for 2, 3 and 4 people). The concept of assisted living should be embedded in a larger community that is as heterogeneously mixed as possible. As a result, there will also be space for living space away from the senior citizens' residential complex, which is intended for various social groups such as families, singles, students and migrants. In order to promote the creation of a strong community / social network, a day center, community gardens, a tool house and a summer kitchen are planned. At the same time, a stronger relationship to nature and the environment should be established, as it has been shown to have a positive effect on health and life satisfaction.

The approx. 7 hectare property in Dietach (5 km from Steyr) should include the following functions:

- Assisted living: Senior shared apartments for up to 45 senior women, 2-, 3- and 4-person shared apartments. Private rooms and wet rooms, kitchens and living areas for shared use.

- Housing estate: Individual living spaces with the possibility of self-construction

- Community center: seminar rooms, group rooms, workshops, etc.

In the student design project, the focus is on the first construction phase, assisted living.

Project Prerequisits

Organizational form:

Nonprofit association - future buildings and areas are transferred to the association.

Members of the association are the residents of the living and working community.


EU funding program Leader, federal government, state, local authority and private investors

Project site:

Address: Between Traunstraße 34 and Scherau 6 4600 Dietach

Coordinates: 48 ° 09'47.4 "N 14 ° 05'01.5" E

Plot 71 + 72: 7222.6 m², plot 71: 3788.8 m², plot 72: 3433.8 m²

Teaching methods

Methods of the preparatory analysis: inspection of the area and the construction site, discussion processes with organizers and future users, semi-formal interviews.

Requirements for the design:
- Development of innovative solutions for the given building task
- Need-oriented planning with the involvement of future users
- Focus on renewable raw materials: wood, straw, clay etc.
- Minimizing the ecological footprint during the construction and use of the building (life cycle analysis, recyclability, separability of components, renewable raw materials, energy-efficient raw materials, alternative heating and cooling concepts, etc.)
- Priority of regional businesses and handicraft work over capital and energy-intensive industrially produced components
- Innovative design concepts with an experience factor
- Room configuration: Fulfillment of the functional requirements while creating spatial quality at the same time - arrangement of the building structure, interior-exterior reference, light-shadow, visual references etc.


Mode of examination


Additional information


every Monday at 1:30 p.m. Location: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/97381606992

08.3. introduction

15.3. Site inspection (outdoors and at a distance with mask)

22.3. appointment

12.4. appointment

19.4. Concept presentation


03.5. appointment

10.5. Interim presentation

17.5. appointment

31.5. appointment

14.6. appointment

21.6. Final presentation

Attention: Attendance is compulsory for all events marked in bold!



Examination modalities

Concept presentation: design idea, sketches

Intermediate presentation: Important floor plans, views, sections, details and working models

Final presentation: All floor plans, views, sections, details as well as renderings and/or model


TitleApplication beginApplication end
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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Mandatory elective


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