FK Austria Wien Training Academy / Franz Architekten + Atelier Mauch

© Stephan Wyckoff

Architects: Franz ZT gmbh +
Location: Vienna,
Project area: 2,630 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Stephan Wyckoff

© Stephan Wyckoff

The academy training grounds of the junior teams of Austria Vienna – one of the most traditional football clubs in Austria – lies close to the ‘Franz Horr Stadium’. they include a training hall and three grass pitches. the construction budget was extremely tight and the construction time limited to six months, and the handover date after completion a strict requirement in order to obtain the license of the Austrian Football League.

Vienna building regulations set a maximum building height of 4.5 m and so the 7,0 m required clearance height in the training hall created an inevitable consequence: the entire building had to be lowered half below ground.

© Stephan Wyckoff

To assist the long-term refinancing of the construction budget, the principle of a football- advertising board has been turned inside-out: a big roof with a beam and parapet height of 2.0 m is the dominant design element. sponsors can advertise and demonstrate their support of junior teams on the popular Laaerbergstraße.

The roof cantilevers out a few meters on all sides and forms a generous, weather-resistant perimeter for entrances and terraces. on the eastern wing, a compact roof construction over the storage spaces is utilised as a roof terrace, where coaches and visitors are afforded a clear view over the heated artificial pitch.

ground floor plan

The training hall forms the heart of the building and enjoys glare-free north light. the other sides are extremely compact and efficiently arranged – a cafeteria, offices, fitness rooms and massage and storage rooms. the access corridor on the ground floor works like a gallery to the sunken playing field. the required emergency escape for the offices and fitness rooms is organised in a series terraces.

The sportshall with it’s artificial grass floor and birch plywood-impact protection walls provides the ideal atmosphere and a platform for concentrated training without distraction.

© Stephan Wyckoff

Low-temperature wall heating is utilised rather than conventional air heating. The artificial turf is carried through to the circulation zone which operates as a pre-warming buffer zone. all changing areas have natural daylight and direct access to the outside even though they are located in the basement. this is made possible because of the wide ramp that doubles up as a means of delivery and an ideal sprint training zone.

Rainwater from the 2.500m2 roof surface is collected in large 120,000 liter tanks and serves as irrigation for the grass. the entire building is served by district heating.

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Cite: "FK Austria Wien Training Academy / Franz Architekten + Atelier Mauch" 06 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    I like third picture… It is realy work of art… flying brick in the night…

  • sunday job

    am sunday, i play football…am a nigerian..age 16, liek to come to play football….hope to make u proud, someday to move football forward to that england and others.what a great country.
    Sir help me to come over, and hope to do my best for the club.

  • Abdul Rashid Saeed

    I will start by greeting. Any way my name is Abdul Rashid Saeed, I’m 16 years old boy from Ghana in Africa, Currently, I am in the Junior High School which I will be Completing very soon, that’s gonna be in June. Football is my hobby and my dream is to find myself one day on the pitch playing for an International Football Club Team. Actually I started playing football at the age of 7 and I wanna be a Footballer in future. I will be very happy to have the Scholarship to come over to Australia, because that’s the wishes my family members are hoping to see one day. I hope to hear from you people soon…

  • Nermin Ahmetovic

    Hello,my name is Nermin Ahmetovic I am 15 years old Boy from Bosnia And Hercegovina i play football and I hope i can be a professionall football players ,i can play as a clasic striker winger striker and midfield positions.I am A Very Fast player and pshihicaly very good a Hope you I cam Be a part of FK AUSTRIA i Really Love this Club and please give me a future ,please can i joining your academy and all the other thing you can ask my grandfathr please halp Me to Be a profesionall fotball player