Smart.                     Simple.

One space for nursery,
school and leisure time.

We learn together.


  1. Vienna now has six educational campus locations. Another eight will be added by 2023.
  2. Heat recuperation at the campus in Seestadt Aspern saves 195 MWh/year (that is a financial saving of approx. 10,000 Euros per year).

„The school day follows a rhythm of alternate learning times and play times that permit phases of concentration and work as well as those of relaxation and creativity. There is time for reflection, movement, chatting, a communal meal and individual support. Open education means that the rooms and spaces of the building are available to all. Joint projects make it possible to learn together and from each other. The campus is designed to be a ‘home’ for the children, so there are comfy relaxation zones and corners for individual alone time. These areas are also useful in the context of modern teaching styles and our work with small groups.“ Astrid Pany, Head of School, Campus Donaufeld

share of early school leavers


(persons aged between 18 and 24 with only minimum compulsory education)

There are many advantages to the notion of an educational campus where children aged between 0 and 10 years spend their day together. It enables a new form of daycare, where lessons and play times are interspersed throughout the day and synergies are tapped. At the same time, it also makes sustainable energy management possible. Bildungscampus Seestadt, for example, uses only renewable energies and is largely supply autonomous. The building covers its own energy demand primarily by using photovoltaics, as well as ground source heat exchangers with heat pumps: during the winter, the ground source heat exchangers take the warmth for heating from the ground. In the summer, excess heat can be fed back into the exchanger pipes. That creates a heat reservoir for all seasons.

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The Viennese Campus Model is an educational establishment, which incorporates kindergarten, school and leisure pedagogy at a single location. It is a full-day institution which interlaces school and leisure units throughout the day.

The crosslinking of kindergarten, school and leisure pedagogy at a central location is the modern and visionary approach to further improve education quality in an urban area. Societal developments and modern pedagogical principles such as individual support, working in varying sizes of groups, self-administered and open learning as well as project classes were reasons for the formation of the Viennese Campus Modell.

The full-day care and the proximity of the individual institutions enable synergies and guarantee holistic educational continuity.

Interlacing leisure and school

The Viennese Campus Model is an educational establishment, which encompasses kindergarten, school and leisure pedagogy at a joint location. It is a full-day form of care with interlaced leisure and lesson units.

The daily routine follows a rhythm of learning and leisure phases, which both enables concentrated learning and allows rest and creativity. There is time for reflection, movement, talking to each other, a joint meal and individual support.

Optimal use

In open educational work rooms and spaces of buildings are available to everyone. Joint projects facilitate the process of learning together and from each other. In order to make the children feel at home, there are cosy resting areas and individual retreat niches. Such areas also comply with modern pedagogy and the work in small groups.

Rooms have to be flexible in order to vary quickly between work and leisure area and thus create an optimal infrastructure for the learning and leisure phases. Spatial variation is an essential element of the daily operations.

Campus Plus – further developing the concept

During the conception phase of the project Viennese Campus Modell it was determined that the programme was not a rigid and final one. Instead further developments were and still are of utmost importance.

In the further developed Campus Plus concept kindergartens and schools are to be even more consolidated. The transition should be facilitated both for kids and for parents. This is to be achieved in the first place by spatially combining four school classes and two kindergarten groups respectively: They are combined to so-called “educational areas” with multifunctional rooms.

Within these “educational areas” children from zero to ten years old will spend their day together. As a rule a campus is comprised of up to four areas of this kind, resulting in 21 school classes and twelve kindergarten groups for approximately 700 children.


Viennese Campus Model:

Campus Plus Concept:

Sites for further Campus locations are evaluated at:

  • Eurogate in Landstraße (3rd district)
  • Inner Favoriten (10th district)
  • Surroundings of Gasometer in Simmering (11th district)
  • Jedlesee in Floridsdorf (21st district)
  • Atzgersdorf in Liesing (23rd district)

Further Information

Wiener Campusmodell

“Campus Plus” für gemeinsame Kindergärten und Schulen


Patrick Trimmelmayer

MA 56 – Vienna Schools



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