In 2013, the province of Lower Austria initiated the subsidy program "Junges Wohnen" (Accommodation for Young People), that particularly supports housings projects tailored to young people. The main aim was essentially to provide young adults with affordable living space with flexible floor plans in the immediate vicinity of Vienna.
As a result, two prototypes were created in St. Pölten and Baden almost at the same time, differing only in the cubature and the design of the façade. Both buildings are built on the same principle: a compact cube as central access room, a shell-like façade as expansion area.
Both are detached, 4 storey-buildings and comprise 29 apartments. Daylight floods the interior down to the ground level through large roof domes. The ground level provides amongst others a communal kitchen with a terrace for parties and a spacious bike storage room.
Circumferential, generous balconies, which were preceded by a light façade construction of patterned metal elements (Baden) or rhythmically arranged metal bars (St. Pölten), extend the French windows and offer them a pleasant generosity. This creates a filter between the private, apartment-related open spaces and the public park.
With a maximum of 60m², the apartment layouts are efficient and at the same time flexibly cut: By placing installation-free walls, they can be easily adapted to the needs of their occupants and provide space for different lifestyles - for the small family as well as for living + working or single apartments.