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proHolz Student Trophy

International competition for redensification and urban extension with wood

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proHolz Student Trophy 24

proHolz is hosting an international competition for students on the subject of building with wood for the fifth time. The possibilities and potential uses of contemporary timber construction in urban settings will be examined on the basis of three model construction sites in Vienna's expanding urban structure.

proHolz Austria, proHolz Bayern, and the Building Construction and Design Research Department of the Institute of Architecture and Design at the Vienna University of Technology are all involved in organising the competition.

Participants must be civil engineering and architecture students. Prize money totalling euro 15,000 is awarded for the proHolz Student Trophy 24.


Kick-off event

at the Vienna University of Technology


Deadline for submission of design work

Work has to be submitted digitally by uploading on


Award ceremony

at the Vienna University of Technology


Taking part in the competition

All students of architecture and civil engineering who are registered at a university or university of applied sciences in the winter semester 2023/24 are invited to participate in the proHolz Student Trophy 24. The competition entry should be submitted in teams of at least two students – interdisciplinary collaboration is recommended.

Price money

The proHolz Student Trophy 24 competition is endowed with euro 15,000 in total. In a two-stage process, the international jury will name three winning projects and six recognitions. The following prizes will be awarded: For each of the three building sites, one winning project, endowed with euro 3,000, and two recognitions, endowed with euro 1,000.

Design task - Extending the city

The potential for inner-city expansion and consolidation using wood as a building material is the topic of the proHolz Student Trophy 24. The responsibilities related to design are concentrated on coping with existing structures. Urban areas are augmented and expanded upon through contact with already-existing structures. The goal is to expand the urban fabric while preserving resources and generating new space.

Three typical construction sites in Vienna's developed structure serve as the foundation for implementing the competition challenge and pose some intriguing issues for urban discourse. The territory is bordered to the west by the area of the Favoriten Clinic and is situated in Vienna's 10th district south of Matzleinsdorfer Platz.
With a few notable exceptions, like Harry Glück's terrace house from 1974 or Rüdiger Lainer's "house with verandas" from 2008, the urban area is primarily typified by perimeter block buildings.


Building sites overview

Site 1
School extension

Knöllgasse 61, 1100 Vienna

Site 2
Extending the block boundary

Inzersdorferstraße 100, 1100 Vienna

Site 3
Vertical extension

Zur Spinnerin 8-10, 1100 Vienna

With the kind support of

Review of the proHolz Student Trophy 22

Around 300 students worked in interdisciplinary teams and submitted 91 contributions. The prizes were awarded at a ceremony at the Vienna University of Technology on May 19, 2022.

Learn more about the proHolz Student Trophy 22 in this brochure: