Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors, © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A team of Austrian students from Vienna University of Technology (Team Austria) has won top honors for “designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house” at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon. The net-positive home, known as “LISI – Living inspired by sustainable innovation,” prides itself for being a simple, smart house that is capable of adapting to a variety of lifestyles and climate zones.

Prior to being crowned as winner, LISI competed against eighteen other student-built, solar-powered homes over the course of ten days in Irvine, California. This was the first time an Austrian university has participated in the U.S. Solar Decathlon. Learn more about the winning design by reading the team’s project description after the break.

© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon ©  LISI - Solar Decathlon Team Austria © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon +30

Nursing Home / Gärtner+Neururer

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
Nursing Home / Gärtner+Neururer, © Pia Odorizzi
© Pia Odorizzi

© Klaus Costadedoi © Pia Odorizzi © Klaus Costadedoi © Pia Odorizzi +15

Stoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation / HPSA

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +12

Musikprobelokal Schützenheim Natters / Gsottbauer architektur.werkstatt

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Musikprobelokal Schützenheim Natters / Gsottbauer architektur.werkstatt, © Birgit Köll
© Birgit Köll
  • Architects

  • Location

    Natters, Austria
  • Collaboraters

    Julia Schwamberger, Thomas Gruber
  • Structural Engineer

    Alfred R. Brunnsteiner, Natters
  • Acoustic Engineer

    Atelier – arge steininger&zehetmayr
  • Area

    812.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll +16

25hours Hotel Vienna / BWM Architekten

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Rupert Steiner
© Rupert Steiner

© Rupert Steiner © Rupert Steiner © Rupert Steiner © Rupert Steiner +22

Annakapelle Schladming / HPSA + Wolfgang Günther

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +18

Palais Rasumofsky / Baar-Baarenfels

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
Palais Rasumofsky / Baar-Baarenfels, © Vera Subkus
© Vera Subkus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Johannes Baar-Baarenfels, Ernst Stockinger, Martin Reis, Petr Vokal, Georg Pamperl
  • Structural Engineering

    Jahangir Nasserzare, Marian Gottschall, Sylvestra Nanesvski
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Cornelius Peter, Reza Saber, Monika Dany
  • Building Supervision

    Mag. Franz Pichler, DI Peter Stögerer, Bmst. Franz Leitner
  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus +30

Medical practice / HPSA

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Medical practice / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +18

Haus Hainbach / MOOSMANN

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
Haus Hainbach / MOOSMANN, © Manfred Seidl
© Manfred Seidl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Thomas Moosmann
  • Structural Engineering

    RW
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl +18

House W / HPSA

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
House W / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +14

House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten

00:00 - 1 October, 2013
House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten, © Marc Lins
© Marc Lins
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bregenz, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Arch.DI Bernhard Marte, Arch.DI Stefan Marte
  • Surveyor

    Wolfgang Mattner, Dornbirn
  • Structural Consultant

    Moosbrugger Ingenieure ZT GmbH, Dornbirn
  • Construction Physics

    Weithas GmbH, Hard
  • Ground engineering

    3P Geotechnik, Lauterach
  • Heating/Sanitation

    Steurer, Andelsbuch
  • Electrical services

    Schelling, Schwarzach
  • Building contractor

    Oberhauser & Schedler, Andelsbuch
  • Drywall Installation

    Kurzemann, Dornbirn
  • Aluminium windows

    Manahl, Bings
  • Solar Protection

    Markus Berthold, Rankweil
  • Tinsmith

    Tectum, Hohenems
  • Fire Place

    Pfister & Schnetzer, Rankweil
  • Kitchen

    Plan & Raum, Lustenau
  • Glazier

    Glas Längle, Götzis
  • Painter

    Schöch, Klaus
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins +21

How Vienna Designs Gender Equality Into the City Itself

00:00 - 28 September, 2013
How Vienna Designs Gender Equality Into the City Itself, Via Flickr. Image © Peter M
Via Flickr. Image © Peter M

An interesting article in The Atlantic Cities reveals the ideas behind "gender mainstreaming" in Vienna, a policy that began in the early 1990s and has had a huge effect on the past two decades of city planning there. Initially intended specifically to make the city more livable for women, the principles have proven so successful that they now form a part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme's best practices. You can read the full article here.

Haus Am See / Spado Architects

01:00 - 25 September, 2013
© Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carinthia, Austria
  • Project Manager

    DI Harald Weber
  • Area

    73.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball +25

Löwenpark Melk / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2013
© Bruno Klomfar
© Bruno Klomfar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melk, Austria
  • Design & Project Team

    Johannes Kraut, Thomas Mayerhofer, Rene Schmid
  • Project Management

    Office Stickelberger
  • Area

    11479.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar +12

House A&B / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2013
© Bruno Klomfar
© Bruno Klomfar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Perchtoldsdorf, Austria
  • Design & Project Team

    Richard Smertnik, Johannes Kraut, Tina Dolch
  • Structural Engineer

    KPPK, Harald Pönninger
  • Area

    215.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar +29

The Barn / Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture

01:00 - 15 September, 2013
The Barn / Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture , © Maik Perfahl
© Maik Perfahl

© Maik Perfahl © Maik Perfahl © Maik Perfahl © Maik Perfahl +17

House S / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

01:00 - 15 September, 2013
House S / Smertnik Kraut Architekten, © Andrew Phelps
© Andrew Phelps
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sankt Martin, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Design & Project Team

    Johannes Kraut, Wolfgang Hausladen
  • Area

    356.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Andrew Phelps © Andrew Phelps © Andrew Phelps © Andrew Phelps +17

ALPL / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

01:00 - 12 September, 2013
ALPL / Smertnik Kraut Architekten, © Josef Mandl
© Josef Mandl

© Josef Mandl © Josef Mandl © Josef Mandl © Josef Mandl +28