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Around the newly built Vienna Central Station an entirely new urban district has been created on the former ÖBB site (Austrian Federal Railways) – this is named the ‘Sonnwendviertel’.

In 2019, 5,000 apartments – including more than 2,000 subsidized apartments – will be available for around 13,000 people in the Sonnwendviertel district. A large number of the housing projects have been developed in cooperation with wohnfonds_wien. From 2009 to 2016 three developers’ competitions (Bauträgerwettbewerbe) were held for this area. Community group projects with 65 units were assessed by the Land Advisory Board (Grundstücksbeirat) and thereafter wohnfonds_wien launched a block renovation initiative adjacent to the new development district in order to promote the revitalisation of old housing stock. At the centre of the new city district is the pedestrian zone with local businesses, meeting points for the young and old, a library and an adult education centre. The Helmut Zilk Park, which is around 7-hectres in size and includes a playground, communal gardens and a restaurant, will provide rest and relaxation within green surroundings.

One of the most significant projects of the Sonnwendviertel is win4wien, which won the ‘Landlord of the Year 2015’ award. The entire construction site can be interpreted as single, shared accommodation: The Living_Room. It adds value to the individual apartments in terms of atmosphere, space and opportunities. It invites you to “live beyond” your own four walls. Activities such as reading or communal cooking find new spaces in the Living_Room. Another linking level (including bridges) in the 3rd or 4th floor connects to the ground floor level so that there is also a quick and direct access to the communicative “communal living room” from the apartments higher up. The open structure is based around a central area which offers a theatre, a market, a library and a swimming pool.