A concept for new living and lifestyle culture: The Auenweide

A concept for new living and lifestyle culture: The Auenweide

Two key questions that many housing seekers are grappling with these days are: "Is it possible to live sustainably and well at an affordable price?" and "How is it possible not to become lonely in today's individualized society?"  The project "Die Auenweide" has taken up these challenges and developed innovative ideas to be able to answer these central questions. A new culture of living is to be explored within the framework of this project.

The housing project "Die Auenweide" is an alternatively financed, affordable and natural living space in Lower Austria, 30 km from Vienna. The residents test sustainable lifestyles, encourage rethinking and work to raise awareness. The Auenweide resembles a small village in its structure. In the center of the settlement is a small marketplace surrounded by a total of eight apartment buildings. The apartments range from 35 to 115 square meters. In addition, communal areas have been created, such as a co-working space or a community house; here, opportunities for everyday encounters are offered. Not only residents of the settlement are welcome here, but also people from the nearby or wider neighborhood. Fruit trees and vegetables grow in the open spaces, and the adjacent forest offers additional open space. Overall, the settlement has a very homely, playful and cozy feel, with many individual roof terraces and bright rooms with light coming in from all sides.

In order to consistently implement the aspect of sustainable living space, attention was paid to ecological implementation from the facade to the final surface design and the energy concept. All residential units are low-energy houses, which were built using resource-saving timber frame construction. An efficient groundwater heat pump and a low-temperature local heating network provide comfortable temperatures in an environmentally friendly manner. The electricity comes partly from photovoltaic systems. Climate-friendly, circular and pollutant-free earthen building materials from CLAYTEC were used for the interior finishing and design. Clay building materials are simple in the best sense of sustainability because they require a minimum of natural components such as straw, so no complex manufacturing process is necessary. By avoiding complex, chemical additives, clay as a building material fits perfectly into the concept of "The Meadow Pasture". The raw materials can be obtained locally and allow for short and efficient transport routes. This simplicity, coupled with performance and durability, represents the character of clay as a sustainable low-tech building material.

In the premises of the Auenweide, the clay boards heavy (LEMIX) D22 were used for drywall construction. The drywall panel made of clay is ideal for planking wood and metal stud structures of interior walls, facing shells, ceiling and roof surfaces. In the case of the Shire Pasture, the clay board was applied to a metal substructure. In all premises, the clay topcoat fine 06 was used with a glass fabric as a reinforcing layer. In the communal houses, additional wall heating was plastered with thickly applied clay plaster. The surface design in the individual apartments was determined individually by the residents and implemented independently. Both the YOSIMA clay designer plaster and the CLAYFIX clay paint were used. Both wall finishes are available in 146 different natural earth tones; clay is the colorant and binder in one, and no pigments or chemical additives are needed for the colored surface design. The YOSIMA clay design plaster is also available with six different texture additives with which individual effects can be achieved. For the CLAYFIX clay paint, a choice can be made between coarse grain, fine grain and no grain. Depending on the desired surface finish, the residents decided on the most suitable product. With the YOSIMA clay designer plaster, which is applied to the wall as a plaster with a trowel, a calm, harmonious result can be achieved. The CLAYFIX clay paint, on the other hand, is applied in a cross stroke with an area brush, a tassel or a brush. This creates a textured wall surface. With both the YOSIMA clay designer plaster and the CLAYFIX clay paint, it was possible to easily achieve noble and individual wall surfaces with the help of one's own efforts.

The vision of the residential project - to start living a sustainable future - could be successfully put into practice. The Auenweide is considered a prime example of a sustainable living concept, which also takes into account and includes the central part of living culture.



Architect's office: einszueins architektur

Craftmen: Key-PROJECT Baumanagement und Bausanierung GmbH, Verein Wohnprojekt Wördern, Eigenleistung der Bewohner*innen

Photos: Hertha Hurnaus