Affordably well-housed
Linz, Austria


In the scope of a new project, BASEhabitat has been concentrating on the possibility of creating cost-effective, sustainable living space in Austria.

The urgent need for inexpensive living space for all population groups, intensified by the discussion on sensible accommodation for asylum seekers, has motivated BASEhabitat to search for human and ecological solutions to a pressing problem.
In the course of the AllQuartier* project, work has been done on developing an affordable and sustainable living module system.

The goal is affordable and, at the same time, good spaces – for the residents and for society as a whole. It is a matter of economics and saving at the right places, neither at the expense of the quality of life, nor at the costs of future generations or the world (environment).

A model cluster, consisting of two base units of 54m2 each and an access part, can be stacked on three to four levels and consequently forms the base element. By adding these base modules, small and large complexes with 150 or more apartments can be organized. When laying out the model cluster, major importance is attached to the creation of semi-public open spaces.

AllQuartier* consists 90% of solid spruce wood. The shell construction module conforms to the completed expansion stage and the wood remains visible, experienceable and perceptible in all parts.

The overall compact outer shell offers ideal preconditions for low energy consumption. Facades and windows guarantee good energy indexes.

Utilization neutrality and openness arise through simple room layouts and the approximately same-sized rooms that are less determined in a functional sense. The units facilitate the transformation and change of needs, family constellations and ways of culture and living.

The prefabricated room units can initially be deployed as emergency accommodation. They can also be set up again after several years as whole units or in parts at another location.

Video All*Quartier

Idea and Concept
Roland Gnaiger

Work and Detail Planning
Roland Gnaiger, Marcus Brückner

Project Coordination
Marcus Brückner

Timber Construction: Hans-Christian Obermayr
Supporting Framework: Karlheinz Wagner
Building Equipment: New Energy Consulting, J. Obermayer
Building Physics: Wolfgang Kögelberger
Fire Protection: Institut für Brandschutztechnik und Sicherheitsforschung, Gerhard Leibetseder