ÖAMTC Headquarters

ÖAMTC Headquarters
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29.447 m²










29.447 m²










29.447 m²

The support point

From the service workshops to the heliport all the elements of the programme are laid out along a single vertical axis, i.e. also from the counter to the reception and the event areas to the large atrium of the offices. Logistically compact contents with high degree of efficiency, which is essentially what support points are, are here transformed and applied to the building in a translated form.

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On approaching the counter you find yourself on an oversized glazed cockpit, in the middle of the workshop one level below, where the mechanics have driven the cars that have just been handed over to them down a ramp. The clients can comfortably view all of this from above – if their car is raised they see it “eye to eye”, as it were. From the counter a generously sized void opens upwards, through which a prominent stairs leads to the lobby. You also enter the building on this level if you come by foot from the U3 metro station at Erdberg, a short distance away. The building – and with it the ÖAMTC – is open to everyone in all directions.

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The building is a symbol of mobility.

Its unique, circular and star-shaped form emphatically conveys the fact that here everything revolves around mobility and the means related to it and at the same time demonstrates the efficiency and speed of the organization. Therefore both in formal terms and as regards content, it is a coherent, architecturally articulated symbol of an organization headquarters and for viewers and users evokes at all levels the feeling of having a strong and reliable partner. It is also a sign of the business’s self confident understanding of itself, with which staff and members can identify – with excellently organized, harmonized facilities offering a high level of interaction and communication, expressed in the form of clear, open and transparent spatial connections oriented to meeting the needs of customers and staff alike.

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Through its shape the ÖAMTC headquarters clearly and deliberately distinguishes itself from the monotonous, yet heterogeneously scattered, block and slab-type buildings in the surroundings whose form is derived exclusively from their commercial and industrial contents and optimising their functions. Here, in contrast, the focus is far more on the social components of aid and support and being integrated in a network of service and care – both as a communication factor in the macro area of the building’s overall structure and in the layout of the individual organisational units. The icon stands in a park and garden-like landscape which develops on the one hand on the roof of the multi-storey car park and the escape staircases, on the other along the connecting clasp between the U3 and Baumgasse that is kept free of buildings.

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All the parts of the building communicate with each other – but communication outwards is also important. This takes place in the public/semi-public area: the events hall, conference rooms, and TV studio are on the entrance level, on the level above is the highly important call-centre, which is indeed constantly on-line and in contact with the

outside world and which is emphatically and functionally made as a centralized space. All these areas are organised around a two-storey foyer. This is also the first level of the large office atrium, from which routes and visual connections lead upwards. This completes the internal flow of communication.

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Pichler & Traupmann Architects

Design team

Bartosz Lewandowski (team leader)
Christoph Degendorfer
Clemens B. Hasler
Milan Suchánek

Project team

Johanna Maria Priebe (project leader)
Barbara Aull
Christoph Degendorfer
Andrea Ehrenreich
Mohammad Ekhlasi
Peter Grandits
Alexander Grass
Clemens B. Hasler
Barbara Jarmaczki
Joachim Kess
Bartosz Lewandowski
Till Martin
Daniel Moral T.
Milan Suchánek

General contractor

Bauunternehmung Granit GmbH, Feldkirchen bei Graz

Structural design / project coordination

FCP - Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH, Vienna

Structural fire protection

Norbert Rabl ZT GmbH, Graz

MEP engineering / electrical engineering

DIEHAUSTECHNIKER Technisches Büro GmbH, Jennersdorf

Building physics / facade

Dr. Pfeiler GmbH, Graz

Lighting design

pokorny Lichtplanung, Vienna

Heliport planning

Ing. Günther Jakubec GmbH, Vienna


Dipl. -Ing. Johanna Fuchs-Stolitzka Ingenieurkonsulentin, Vienna

Landscape design

DnD Landschaftsplanung ZT KG, Vienna

Wind comfort

Weatherpark GmbH, Vienna

Geothermal energy

Dipl. Ing. Michael Gollob ZT GmbH, Vienna

Traffic engineering

Traffix Verkehrsplanung GmbH, Vienna


IB Ronge Stria GmbH, Baden

Hard facts

Start of planning: 2013

Start of construction: 2015

Completion: 2016

Site area: 14.913 m²

Usable floor area: 20.027 m² incl. parking deck

Built area: 9.325 m²

Building volume: 161.133 m³

Gross floor area: 29.447 m² incl. parking deck


Harald Schmidt, Vienna


Roland Halbe, Stuttgart


Visualisierung Tomaselli . VISUAL SENSATIONS, Vienna


The Architecture MasterPrize 2018 – Honorable Mention

Nomination FIABCI Prix d’Excellence 2018

ECSN European Concrete Award 2018 – 1st Prize

Nomination Staatspreis für Architektur 2018

6. Austrian Steel Construction Award 2017 1st Prize, UNGER Stahlbau

LEAF Award 2017 - shortlisted

WAF 2017 World Architecture Festival- FINALIST

GEBAUT [2016], MA19

Architizer A+ Special Mention Award 2017