New Conceptions for elderly people in new construction and renewal

Development of a catalogue of criteria for senior-housing and detailed implementation plans of a new building and/or of a reorganization project in Vienna, located in the 16th district; Costs and comparison analysis between "ordinary" New building and/or "ordinary" Reorganization and senior-housing new buildings and/or renewal

Content Description




The research project "New conceptions for elderly people in new construction and renewal" within the program "Building of Tomorrow" has been generated from autumn 2002 untill autumn 2003 in cooperation of FGW, Research Institute for Housing, Building and Planning, the non-profit housing association "Heimat Österreich", the architectural studio Wafler and the Caritas, one of Austrias important aid organisations.

Subject of the project was to analyse the redevelopment of two existing projects in 16th district in Vienna (one new construction, one renewal) towards the special needs of elderly people. One goal was the comparison of costs between a "normal" new construction resp. a "normal" renewal with projects designed especially for elderly people. Furthermore the conditions of social and economic sustainability were to be examined. As a result of the project a handbook "New conceptions for elderly people in new construction and renewal" is to be published.

Referring the Viennese building regulations newly constructed buildings have to be accessible for handicapped people (up to the door of flat). Therefor only details have to be modified from the "normal" conception to fit for elderly people. Additional costs arose only from the video interphone and from the motion detector for the lighting of the hall, which will be installed to cover the special needs for security of elderly people. Both in new construction and renewal there are no relevant additional costs inside the flats expected. What is more expensive on the one hand can be saved on the other. Slightly more expensive in the renewal project is the elevator. It will be extended to the cellar, where a large community room will be provided. To make it work for handicapped people the elevator has to have a station not only on the level of first floor, but as well on the entrance level, which is only a few steps apart. This makes a special construction of the elevator with doors on two sides necessary.

As a target group for the project it turned out to be elderly migrants. Both buildings are situated in a district with high density of migrants. Till today migrants, and even more elderly migrants live in far underaverage equipped flats. Special services for elderly migrants hardly exist.

As a result of the research project the non-profit housing association as developer of the two projects decided to realize both housing projects accessible for elderly people. Even more, special equipment for handicapped persons is to be the standard equipment. If a customer wants to have e.g. a bath tube instead of a shower on flooring level or a toilette, which is seperated from bathroom, he can have, but for additional costs. All flats beside of some few split level appartments in the attic will be handicapped accessible. The architectural studio is going to develop solutions for the bathroom/toilette-unit to allow an easy and cheap conversion with mounting of a bath tube without changes of installations or mounting of a devider between bath-area and toilette.

Both projects have start of construction in Autumn 2003 and will be finished in summer 2005.

Project Partners

Project manager:

Mag. Ursula Rischanek
FGW-Forschungsgesellschaft für Wohnen, Bauen und Planen


  • Dr. Wolfgang Amann, Kerstin Götzl
    FGW-Forschungsgesellschaft für Wohnen, Bauen und Planen
  • Dir. Arch. DI Wilfried Haertl
    Heimat Österreich gemeinnützige Wohnungs- und Siedlungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Arch. DI Franz Wafler


Mag. Ursula Rischanek
FGW-Forschungsgesellschaft für Wohnen, Bauen und Planen
Löwengasse 47/5
A 1030 Wien
Tel.: +43 0 1 712 62 51-13
Fax: +43 0 1 712 62 51-21