Senior Citizen’s home Itzling – House “Rauchenbichl”, Salzburg

A new building “Rauchenbichl” was built at the complex of Itzling’s senior citizen’s home as the existing old building was spatially and technically not refurbishable to accommodate the new residence which was to be designed to the new social concept. The new residence is designed to have five residential groups of 12 inhabitants each. 
Our winning project, which was selected from an architectural competition, provides for a simple, concise structure which , erected away from the existing structure, leaves room for an attractive sunny forecourt. The green area located east to the existing building is available to all residents of the retirement home.
The floor plan concept of the new building is designed on the principle of letting as much natural light into the building as possible, and also to making the corridors and connecting spaces as bright and friendly as possible.
Two residential groups each are situated on the two upper floors around an atrium, whereby daylight and a wide range of visual links to the outside are also ensured for the entrance zone, gangways and common areas. The central living-dining room is naturally lit and ventilated on both sides. The communal terraces per living group are oriented towards the extensive park and to the church as to form a sense of identity and sense of space.
The group on the ground floor has the possibility to use the Atrium, for the residents with dementia to have circular walks around the centrally placed tree and also have direct access via the terrace to the dementia garden. The existing height difference between the park and the garden as well as a carefully selected planting ensures the separation of public and private spaces.
An art installation by artist Bernhard Lochmann is incorporated on the walls of all common spaces of each group.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
The biggest quality is the bright and friendly athmosphere of the building, external as well as internal.
It is build to serve the elderly people to its very best without unnecessary glamour, hence with a high quality in everything and sparkels of surprise here and there which make you smile.


Schwarzenbacher Struber Architekten ZT GmbH

Freiraum + Landschaft Stöckl

SIG – Stadt Salzburg Immobilien GmbH

Year of completion

Salzburg, Austria

Total area
4.700 m2

Site area
14.400 m2

Andrew Phelps

Project Partners

Main contractor
DOLL Bauunternehmne GmbH & Co KG

Project management and site Supervision
Pm1 Projektmanagement

Civil Engineer
Baucon ZT GmbH

Building Physics
Graml ZT GmbH

Mechanical Engineer
Ingenieurbüro Lackenbauer

Electrical Engineer
Morokutti & Jann GmbH

Bernhard Lochmann

Other contractors
ABEL ReTec GmbH & Co KG, Engelsberg, GPU Riedl Lüftungstechnik GmbH & Co KG,l Wals-Siezenheim, KONE AG, Salzburg, Kasenauer Installations GmbH, Eugendorf, Maikl GmbH, Salzburg, ECKO Alukonstruktionen Gmbh, Engerwitzdorf, IAT GmbH Salzburg , TEERAG-ASDAG Hochbau Burgenland GmbH, Siemens AG Österreich, ESTET Stahl- und Behälterbau GmbH, Klenk & Meder Gesellschaft m.b.H., St. Pölten, THT Trockenbau GmbH, Pinsdorf

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