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Staatspreis Architektur 2020/21 Nomination

Together with the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok and the BMeiA in Vienna we gladly announce our nomination to the Austrian State Architecture Award 2020/21.

Transformation of traditional knowledge, Innovation through technological progress and Integration of natural conditions.

 The award ceremony has been moved to 2022 due to the Corona Virus. We will inform you as soon as we received the new date.

architecture film

HOW CITIES CAN GROW SUSTAINABLE / A view to a future city

The architecture filmseries

made of four parts, will be presented in the Bavarian Television BR on 10.and 17. November starting at 22.45h London time about smart urban densifications. 

Examples will be shown from Vienna, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and New York.

The film series includes our projects roof transformations and breitensee studios.



The Architecture Design Institute of Korea (ADIK) invited us to give a contribution to the topic of 'Future Architecture' that will take place in Seoul and online from January 17-31, 2022.

Fifeteen architecture practices from around the world will present their ideas of an architecture that turns towards future.



jubilee centenary exhibition 100 years Burgenland 1921 -2021

This exhibition at Friedensburg Schlaining shows on 1.300 qm the 100 years of Burgenland's history.

850 objects and 30 media stations find their space. Architectonic models by Roland Rainer, Raimund Abraham and HOLODECK architects / existing structure: Herwig Udo Graf are presented as important milestones of architecture and baukultur.


New Design Landhausviertel in Eisenstadt

1st prize international invited, urban competition

The space in front of the Provincial Government of Land Burgenland is used as parking lot, since years. In several stages it will be restructured towards a public plaza with underground parking and green areas as well as an extension of the government areas.

landscape architecture: Karin Graf


working environment. spaces of productivity.

Deutscher Architektur Verlag / Dennis Krause , ISBN 978-3-946154-53-2 in deutsch/englisch

This book shows innovative and future-orientated working environments. On one hand the wish for concentration and optimization of working processes and on the other hand the human being in the focus of architecture. Common to all projects is the pursue of holistic approach.

It includes our project 'austrian embassy bangkok'.

zentrum für kultur und forschung

Anew ty pe of Center for Culture and Research is established in Mattersburg. The first of its kind.

House of literature, adult education center, state library, state archive, exhibition space, youth spot, eventhall and a typical austrian 'gasthaus' find their place.

The new public plaza located between existing school and center of culture and research offers place to stay and to perform for all users.

Zwischen der Bestandsschule und dem Zentrum für Kultur und Forschung liegt der neue öffentliche Platz mit Tribüne zum Aufenthalt und für Aufführungen aller Nutzer. 

An open and vivid atmosphere is offered by the architectonic concept which pursues the social idea of coming together, founded on the existing building volume of the brutalist period for future tasks.

urban habitat leopoldquartier

Turned into a green domestic area, this space serves as recreation area for the whole neighbourhood due to public accessibility.

Each apartment is furnished with a terrace as individual green space in the middle of the city. 

A valuable biotope with living areas, cooling parks and squares on 22.900 m2.

This well-established typology Terrassenhaus gives space to secondary rooms inside the lower levels (bicyles, storages, etc.) while supporting naturally lightened areas for living with plants.

suburban habitat

A sequence of volumes and plates defines the plasticity of the building.

Living areas are extended with Erkern und raumbildenden Aufbauten as well as balconies and terraces, approved by the Viennes Building Regulations. Mutual living for Singles, Couples and Families. Materialities comply with the building structure, comfort and affordability.  


Nature, Art and Architecture climate-friendly interconnected

Trees become an integrative artistic and climatic part of the building. Children are invited to stroll slowly through the building using ramps, passing different spaces of art and always connected to existing trees in the park.

Geothermal Energy serves as renewable source, transported in all spaces over component activation, cooling in summer and heating in winter.

The Low-Tech-Building uses existing big trees, night-cooling and building integrated parts as heat-protection in summer as well as upward flowing warm air in winter.

Together with Peter Holzer and Martin Haferl we designed this future orientated building typology.



TURN ON Architekturfestival  4.-6. März 2021

Turn On 2021 live in the ORF Radiokulturhaus and as livestream. Information please see

Marlies Breuss of HOLODECK architects presents within the scope of a visiting professortship at TU Vienna together with Suchon Mallikamarl of Kasetsart University and students the program 'REFLECTING HUMAN NEEDS'. 

Essential questions concerning our Space for Living are posed and solutions are presented, which focus on basic and special needs of human beings and nature.

Thailand und Bangkok serve as inspiring sources for reflections and solutions of worth living spaces respecting privacy as well as public community.


French Embassy in Vienna

We are pleased to announce our award winning project for second place in the competition for the restructuring of the French Embassy in Vienna together with our project partners Studio Malka Architecture Paris, TB Kaeferhaus Vienna and Hollinsky + Partner Vienna.  


construction site

Centre for Culture and Research

The reinforced Concrete Framework for  State Archive Spaces is completed.

Right now the work concentrates on the steel building wich serves as joint between the two concrete buildings of the twentieth and twentyfirst century. 


award ceremony

Energy Globe 2020 Ceremony

International Award for Recognizing Climate

The Award Ceremony of the National Energy Globe Thailand took place at the Embassy in Bangkok. The Prize was given to the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Eva Hager, together with the team of the Austrian Embassy.

An important honor for all the exemplary measures performed at the Embassy and Consulate Area of the Austrian Republic in Thailand.




The 7th edition of 'Best of Austria'  shows an impressive overview of the production of Baukultur and present architectonic achievements in Austria

Including honoured work by Dietrich | Untertrifaller, fasch&fuchs, HOLODECK architects, Innauer-Matt, LAAC, Marte.Marte und winkler+ruck. 



This award is given to extraordinary projects in seven categories for the second time after 2017. Out of 517 entrances the jury selected our project 'austrian embassy bangkok' as winning design in the category 'office'. 

We celebrate this Award with the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok and the Federal Ministry in Austria for European and International Affairs in Vienna. The celebration ceremony will be held in October 2020.



Exhibition about Student Works 2020 by the Institute of Architecture and Design in the Prechtlsaal. This exhibition gives an overview of the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Organisation at Vienna University of Technology TU Wien. 

Our visiting professorship 2018_19 together with Kasetsart University in Bangkok followed the idea of an intercultural design studio without physical meetings with the title 'The Human Needs'. The project 're:think needs' has been showed in this exhibition next to the publication. 




Spaces for Philosophers - an interview by Nina Prehofer with Marlies Breuss and Michael Ogertschnig about architecture not being just an object but an important space in the urban fabric and answers to design strategies without architectonical trivialisation and historicization, emphasizing on contemporary interpretation of traditional knowledge using innovative technics, respecting human needs for maximum light, sun and nature as well as transformation of existing structures. 

construction site

Center for Culture and Research

The building ensemble consists of the National Library and Archive, Literature House, Adult Education Center, Exhibition Areas, Restaurant, Stage and Event Hall and a welcoming Public Space, also serving the neighbouring school as outdoor assembly area. The concrete works are almost finished and restoration works of existing buildings in preparation.


ARCHITECTURAL MODELMAKING / second edition by Nick Dunn 2020

This book focuses on the inspiring possibilities for creating three-dimensional, physical models of the built environment with all the different media and techniques that are now available. Through description of the use of different models in different contexts, the book provides a practical and effective guide to how and why models are used, in addition to what they are used for, and how they relate to architecture education.

It includes our projectmodels 'cliffhouse in tel aviv' and 'connected with MAX in valencia' as interesting examples.


BETONZEMENT 3_20   Kunst und Kultur

An article by Gisela Gary 'Ausgewogenheit im Anspruch' about the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok.


EUROPAS BESTE BAUTEN - Mies van der Rohe Award

The Architecture Centre of Vienna AzW shows 'Best European Buildings', the architecture show by Fundació Mies van der Rohe / Barcelona.

Prize Winning projects and Finalists of the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize in partnership with Mies van der Rohe Award 2020 are presented from 30th of July until 12th of October 2020.

Our project austrian embassy bangkok was honored with very high quality but not awarded as it is located out of european borders.

Refers are made to the publication 'European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture' ISBN 978-84-9488-201-2 / acknowledgements.


Energy Globe Award 2020 Thailand

By end of June we received the exciting information about our winning project 'Austrian Embassy Bangkok' for the national 'Energy Globe Award 2020' .

On 5th of June, World Environment Day, the Award was given to our project. An International Award Ceremony will be held in October 2020 in India.

„...ENERGY GLOBE is a World forum for ecological change using global dialog and reaching out to create consciousness for the meaningfulness of sustainable acting.“

Maneka Gandhi,
ENERGY GLOBE Jury, Chairperson

arte television / mediathek

The architecture series 'DRUNTER UND DRÜBER / AU DESSUS ET AU-DESSOUS / BELOW AND ABOVE'  by Sabine Reeh, Birgit Eckelt and Frieder Käsmann will be broadcasted on arte in 6 episodes in June (7.6., 14.6., 28.6.) and in July (5.7., 12.7., 19.7.) on Sundays aroung 11am. 

Densification in urban conglomerations is becoming very important because of shortage and price increase of the natural ressource 'land'. Politics should accelerate research projects and studies on this topic within architectural fields. Examples of rooftops in Seoul, New York, Rotterdam, Antwerpen, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg.. are shown in this case study. 

Next to projects by Coop Himmelblau and ppag two projects of our office 'roof transformations' / Schönburgstrasse and 'breitensee studios' / Goldschlagstrasse are part of this comprehensive series.

All episodes will be available in arte mediathek for one month after being broadcasted. 

completion rooftop

The plus energy rooftop in Kaisermühlen with the view towards the Old Danube and to the UNO City has been finished on time for summer usage. 

As Built space for the craftsmen family with three generations the rooftop shows their trade on a basis of several elaborated appliances. 

book presentation

Bookpresentation in Bangkok on 2.2.2020

More than 200 Visitors have read into 'THE HUMAN NEEDS' book and viewed the student projects on the 1st day after Austrian Ambassador Dr. Eva Hager presented the publication. 

The felicitous opening had a pleasant ending next to the Mae Nam Chao Phraya / Fluss.


Society now!

Architektur. Projekte und Positionen 2009-2019

Research Department in Building Construction and Design 2 at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

Edited by Michael Seidel and Gerhard Steixner.

ISBN 978-3-03860-178-4

Extract from the book by the editors : Global environmental changes and deep transformations in society demands ecological and democratic foundations in architecture and urbanization.

Sophisticated positions and a selection of varying student projects document the attempt to create awareness for the Possible.


Our office was rewarded with FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 for small to medium-sized companies, which we received for our high quality design and reliability.

Thanks to our team, all specialist planners, builders, craftsmen and all our clients, who trust in our work.



architektur aktuell publishes a Special Edition 'ARCHITECTS' about the Austrian Contemporary Architecture and presents selected studios of all federal provinces. We appreciate an overview of this period and the presentation of two projects of our office.



The exhibition shows student teamworks  from european and thai students. The projects are a result of our visiting professorship during summer 2019 at the research department 'Hochbau Construction and Design' at Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with Kasetsart University Bangkok.

Exhibition Design: Suchon Mallikamarl



Creative, innovative and competitive

an article about Vienna as major economic location and our project 'wirtschaftspark breitensee' as perfectly working hub for innovative businesses and start ups. The building combines traditional 'Gründerzeit' architecture with innovative design. 


simplicity and complexity

Warm Invitation to the lecture given by Marlies Breuss on occasion of appointment lectures for Professorship 'Building Constrution and Design' at Faculty for Architecture and Spatial Design at Vienna University of Technology, 17th of January 2020, 11am Prechtlsaal TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13.



For a good climate

by DI Dr. Peter Holzer

An article about climate-relevant sustainability aspects that were included by us in the design of the austrian embassy. After a two year period of observation they can be defined as sucessfully applied and well established.

The building is defined as exemplary version for climate related design with high sensibility for the context.



The publication of the book 'THE HUMAN NEEDS' with student works of our designstudio as cooperation between Kasetsart University Bangkok and Vienna Unviversity of Technology is printed.




with projects by Miralles / Tagliabue, Nikken Sekkei, 3deluxe, amaa arquitectos, Gonzalo Mardones, Kim Seunghoy/Kywc architects, Mas Fernandez Arcquitectos Asociados, ares architecten, Taillandier Architectes Associés, Taller Abierto Estudio de Architectura...and our 'wirtschaftspark breitensee'

published by booq Publishing S.L. Barcelona , Loft verlag

ISBN 978-84-9936-150-5 (EN)

ISBN 978-84-9936-158-1 (ES)



with the award for the austrian embassy in bangkok

Preface by Andrej Kuptez, CEO German Design Council

ISBN 978-3-946318-49-1 Band 1


craftmenship tradition innovation

Invited by the Marzona Foundation several cultural creative people, start up founders and innovation drivers from Europe meet local insitutions during a weekend organized by the Design Academy Saaleck DAS and discuss topic like 'craftmenship, tradition and innovation'. We appreciate being part of this team.

award ceremony

Best of Best Environmental Building 2019

In the 'Pinakothek der Moderne' in Munich on 7th of octobre 2019 we received during the grand event the award for the best ecological building 'austrian embassy'. Together with the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Federal MInistry for Europe, Integration and Exterior we feel honoured to be awarded with this Prize.



Edited by Andreas Schalhorn, Elke Anna Werner und Klaus Krüger about questions how knowledge, recognition and esthetic significance are created. Published as e-book ISBN:978-3-8394-4210-4 and Print ISBN:978-3-8376-4210-0 with references by Elke Anna Werner to our exhibition design Double Vision. Albrecht Dürer & William Kentridge as research laboratory at Kulturforum Berlin and at Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.

panel discussion

The Future of 'Global Architecure' on 9.10.2019 at 6.30pm

Invitation by Michael Getzner 'Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning' to the panel discussion with James von Klemperer/KPF New York, Sibylla Zech/TU Wien, Christian Kühn/TU Wien, Marlies Breuss/HOLODECK architects.

Keynote Lecture given by James von Klemperer with following discussion to topics like 'Where will new demands on ecology, urban development and climate change lead towards?'

TU Wien Informatikhörsaal, Treitlstrasse 3 groundfloor.



Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

ISBN 978-84-9488-201-2

Comment to the austrian embassy bangkok nomination under acknowledgements:

'The jury paid special attention to the project of the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok by HOLODECK architects. After confirming that the territory of an embassy belongs to the country where the building is built, it was not possible to accept it. We have considered that it should be kept in this publication because of its very high quality.'

The jury is represented by Dorte Mandrup, George Arbid, Angelika Fitz, Stefan Ghenciulescu, Kamiel Klaasse, Maria Langarita, Frank McDonald, Anna Rarmos, Ivan Blasi.



The Jury Asif Khan, Wiebke Lang, Jonghwan Baek, Silvia Olp, Michel Casertano, Linda Stannieder, Marco Dessi und Andrej Kupetz honoured our Project 'austrian embassy bangkok' with the 'best of best' award.


LEAF - Leading European Architects Forum - Award 2019

Best Achievement in Environmental Performance 'austrian embassy bangkok' shortlisted

The jury of 15 members consists of: Sir Peter Cook, Tateo Nakajima, Roland Bechmann, Alireza Razavi, Ciara Gormley, Werner Frosch, Paolo Rossi, Cees Van der Spek and other internationally accredited experts.

visiting professor

final review 'the human needs' in vienna

final presentation of our designstudio with guest critics: architects Gerhard Steixner [head of department HB2 TU Wien], Susanne Zottl [zottlbuda] and Norbert Steiner [sputnic] at the TU Wien. 

film works

filming wirtschaftspark breitensee

our project 'wirtschaftspark breitensee' and roof transformations' are part of an international filmproject about densifying cities and which will be presented 2020 on arte.



Architizer A+ Awards 2019 Finalist

we are pleased to announce the 5th international award for our built project 'austrian embassy bangkok'. The jury announced it in the category institutional building [government and municipality].



austrian embassy Bangkok

out of 750 international submitted projects we were awarded in the category 'Special Projects - Research and Innovative Projects'

midterm review

'the Human Needs' Midterm Review

at Kasetsart University Bangkok with Saithiwa Ramasoot (Head of Architecture Department), PAGA architects, Things Matter Architecture, MAGLA Architecture, Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen (architectural theorist), Thai Professors as well as Thai students

visiting critic

University Liechtenstein

Design Studio Erich Strolz 'Urban Waters'

Projects for Europan 15 in Innsbruck / Austria


interview by jowoon moon from Seoul/South Korea 

'introcuding european cities from the architects perspective'



'Tradition and Innovation'
Marlies Breuss
16:00-18:00, Thongpan Meeting Room
Faculty of Architecture Kasetsart University in Bangkok/Thailand

visiting professor

'The Human Needs'
Experimental Design Studio TU Vienna, Building Construction 2 Construction and Design in Kooperation with the Faculty of Architecture Kasetsart University in Bangkok/Thailand



austrian embassy bangkok
AWARD NOMINEE European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, EU


publication of our'contemplative dialogues' workshop with students from thai universities with support of mentors from bangkok ISBN 978-616 7384221. presentation of selected work at TCDC Thailand Creative & Design Center in Bangkok.


architektur & bauforum 10/2018
'austrian embassy bangkok'


austrian embassy bangkok
best examples of architectural
design contests in europe


austrian embassy bangkok


Lecture Fine fabrics
Marlies Breuss
14 Uhr, Wiener Stadhalle


ufba 'contemplatione a salvador'
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Brasilien


kulturzentrum mattersburg
architektur aktuell
nr.462 08.2018


G-Class Mercedes Benz
Customer Experience Center
Graz/Stuttgart/Berlin, Daimler AG
General Planning Concept Stage


austrian embassy bangkok
DOMUS WEB Editoriale Domus
The Austrian embassy dialogs with the local culture, Milano


HOLODECK architects was named Most Trusted Architecture Practice - Austria


austrian embassy bangkok
Austrian Green Planet Building Award 2018, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Transport, Innovation and Technology & Federal Ministry Repubil of Austria for Sustainability and Toursim & Austrian Advantage WKÖ


Office building
Vienna Canal Office Headquarters
Recognition prize
EU-wide open competition for realization


wirtschaftspark breitensee
design solutions for urban densification
ISBN 978-3-03768-228-9


austrian embassy bangkok
Green GOOD DESIGN Award 2018 für Architektur
Chicago Atheneaum USA 2018
The Green GOOD DESIGN Award was founded in 1950 by Edgar Kaufmann jr., Eero Saarinen, Charles & Ray Eames


kulturzentrum mattersburg
architektur.planen.bauen.wirtschaft 2018
brutalism and contemporary building as a role model, vienna


mercedes-G experience world, graz
1.Prize (invitation competition), Graz/Stuttgart/Berlin


School building
Extension School Center Meidling Ruckergasse, Vienna
EU-wide open competition for realisation


austrian embassy bangkok
official opening of the austrian embassy in bangkok
28.03.2018, 5pm
bmeia embassy opening


Architecture Festival TURN ON 2018
Lecture 'austrian embassy bangkok'
18 uhr, Grosser Sendesaal
ORF Radiokulturhaus Vienna


Archive of the avant garde Blockhaus Dresden
Exhibition of competition entries
2nd stage in the Japanese Palace, Dresden
02-18. February 2018

office Berlin

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from 29.01.2018 on the spree
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austrian embassy bangkok
art&architecture magazine

competition invitation

HOLODECK architects is set participant in the museum
Realization competition AdA Archive of the Avantgarde_Marzona
in the blockhouse Dresden

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