Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors

© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A team of Austrian students from University of Technology (Team ) 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.

Nursing Home / Gärtner+Neururer

© Pia Odorizzi

Architects: Gärtner+Neururer
Location: , Austria
Area: 7,575 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pia Odorizzi, Klaus Costadedoi

Stoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Musikprobelokal Schützenheim Natters / Gsottbauer architektur.werkstatt

© Birgit Köll

Architects: Gsottbauer Architektur
Location: , Austria
Collaboraters: Julia Schwamberger, Thomas Gruber
Structural Engineer: Alfred R. Brunnsteiner, Natters
Acoustic Engineer: Atelier – arge steininger&zehetmayr
Area: 812.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Birgit Köll

Palais Rasumofsky / Baar-Baarenfels

© Vera Subkus

Architects: Baar-Baarenfels
Location: , Austria
Design Team: Johannes , Ernst Stockinger, Martin Reis, Petr Vokal, Georg Pamperl
Area: 11,000 sqm
Photographs: Vera Subkus

25hours Hotel Vienna / BWM Architekten

© Rupert Steiner

Architects: BWM Architekten
Location: Vienna,
Area: 12,900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rupert Steiner

Annakapelle Schladming / HPSA + Wolfgang Günther

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA + Wolfgang Günther
Location: , Austria
Year: 2009
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Medical Practice / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Haus Hainbach / MOOSMANN

© Manfred Seidl

Architects: MOOSMANN
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Thomas
Structural Engineering: RW
Area: 112 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Manfred Seidl

House W / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: ,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

House by the Lake / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten ZT GmbH
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Arch.DI Bernhard Marte, Arch.DI Stefan Marte
Area: 228 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marc Lins

How Vienna Designs Gender Equality Into the City Itself

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

© Kurt Kuball

Architects: Spado Architects
Location: ,
Project Manager: DI Harald Weber
Area: 73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Löwenpark Melk / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

© Bruno Klomfar

Architects: Smertnik Kraut Architekten
Location: Melk,
Design & Project Team: Johannes Kraut, Thomas Mayerhofer, Rene Schmid
Project Management: Office Stickelberger
Area: 11,479 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

House A&B / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

© Bruno Klomfar

Architects: Smertnik Kraut Architekten
Location: Perchtoldsdorf,
Design & Project Team: Richard Smertnik, Johannes Kraut, Tina Dolch
Structural Engineer: KPPK, Harald Pönninger
Area: 215 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

The Barn / Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture

© Maik Perfahl

Architects: Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 310 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maik Perfahl

House S / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

© Andrew Phelps

Architects: Smertnik Kraut Architekten
Location: Sankt Martin, Klagenfurt,
Design & Project Team: Johannes Kraut, Wolfgang Hausladen
Area: 356 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Andrew Phelps

ALPL / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

© Josef Mandl

Architects: Smertnik Kraut Architekten
Location: , Styria, Austria
Design & Project Team: Richard Smertnik
Area: 332 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Josef Mandl