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youngCaritas actionFabrik

In 2011, the design.build studio was invited by NGO Caritas Vienna, to create a homebase and competence center, where the team of youngCaritas can provide knowledge, support and infrastructure to socially engaged young people. A place for workshops, meetings, benefit-events and lectures, where young volunteers can meet to organise social projects.

As initial part of the project we were also asked to find a location that is easily accessible by public transport and that has a strong public presence and visibility in the street.

We finally found a perfect site, a vacant railway arch, which was designed by Otto Wagner at the end of the 19th century, close to a public transport interchange and extremly open to the street.

For the arch, which at the highest point was over 10 metres high, the 25 students developed a freestanding, multi-story, functional furniture, which, like a spiral, was connecting many different functions on various platforms.

In the design phase the vacant arch was already used by the students as seminar- and classroom for the project, what gave them the rare opportunity, to develop the design right in the place you design for.

After 7 months of designing and applying for building permission, the students transfered their plans into built reality, which took them another 11 months.

Except for 2 steelbeams, the entire construction was made of wood, which was handcut and mounted on site by the students.

Since April 2013 the actionFabrik is operating and enjoys a high afflux of socially engaged people, using the infrastructure to work on various social-projects.

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NETWORK

ACADEMIC PARTNERS
design.build studioTU Wien, Vienna University of TechnologyArchitecturePeter Fattinger
Students
CLIENT
Caritas Vienna
youngCaritas WienMag. Alice Uhl
COLLABORATING ORGANISATIONS
Project ImplementationCaritas der Erzdiözese Wien, Bauprojektmanagement
FINANCING
FinancingCaritas der Erzdiözese Wien
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ACADEMIC FACTS

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE(S)
architecture 26 Students
ACADEMIC LEVEL(S)
Master
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TECHNICAL FACTS

PERIODS
Project Start:2011
Year of Completion:2013
Planning Period2 months
Design Period7 months
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