OPEN LIVING PLUS - building structures and utilization options with high social functionality and plusEnergie-standard for rural regions

In small to medium sized communities in rural Regions there is a high demand for sustainable building and space for innovative living facilities, to satisfy the requirements of current and coming life designs. The project’s intentions were to provide social scientific groundwork, develop building structures and utilization options of high social functionality and to transfer knowledge to decision makers in communities and regional authorities.

Short Description




Starting Point/motivation and project goals

The „Open Living Plus“ project corresponds to the key project Open Living’s sub project 2: „Open Living – Utilization Variants and Building Structures with Higher Social Functionality“. The results are to be implemented in the Bürmoos municipality (Province of Salzburg) as an object of demonstration with the property developers „Die Salzburg“.

New socio-economic and socio-cultural developments demand innovation in house construction. The social reality of the needs of differentiated current and future life designs (e.g. single parents, patchwork families, older and younger singles, independent dwellers) is set against the ideal image of household forms of the ”classic“ nuclear family. There are demands for sustainable building - more concentrated housing as an alternative to the single family house - as well as new living space in small to medium sized communities in rural regions. Corresponding building innovations can make a considerable contribution to sustainable development and to social appeal of municipalities. Using this as a starting point, we will work out the requirements for the development and implementation with respect to the new needs for living and household space (for singles, flat sharing, single parents, diverse working and living needs) as a changeable and open building system with plus-Energy standards.

Methods of treatment

In the first part of the project, the socio-economic, socio-cultural, demographic and legal framework requirements for the planning and implementation of an object for demonstration for a compact low type of building will be compiled. In addition, the experience and knowledge from relevant players (building contractors, architects, scientists, local council representatives) will be collected and processed. Alongside this, the change of demands from the side of the users (single parent, older people, patchwork families) and the municipalities will be collected. The results of these investigations lead to the development of manageable criteria for highly social functionality with respect to the utilization needs. Finally, there will be a transfer of the results for the development and design of building forms and utilization options in the planning, project development and implementation.

In the second part, the ground plans and utilization variants for a compact low type of building and adapted/optimal density and size will be derived form the utilization of the land. Furthermore, the scientific investigations will be co-ordinated and verified concerning the needs of the future users of the objects for demonstration of the building cooperation ”die Salzburg“ and the municipality. In the long run, the development of hypothetical types of houses and estates will ensue.

Expected results/ conclusions

  • Compiling social scientific groundwork for the planning of estates in compact low types of building with regard to the new living space and household needs in municipalities.
  • Compiling lines of argumentation for the use and the appeal of compact low buildings in comparison to other forms of building.
  • Development of building structures and utilization variants of higher social functionality with regard to the new living space and household needs also considering the life cycle costs for flexible buildings, usable for an object for demonstration.
  • Covering the above mentioned set of problems in Salzburg, but also in the bordering regions of Upper Austria and Bavaria.
  • Communicating the compiled conclusions to the policy makers within the communities and regional authorities.

Project Partners

Project management

Anna Moser, Franz Seidl
Mayer + Seidl Architekten

Cooperation partners

Contact Address

Architekten Mayer + Seidl
5020 Salzburg, Fürbergstraße 27
Tel.: +43 (662) 65 17 00
Fax: +43 (662) 65 17 00 – 17